White Sox, closer Liam Hendriks agree to contract

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

Their latest signing - a three- or four-year deal worth a guaranteed $54 million for closer Liam Hendriks - blew most predictions out of the water, but ensured that the Sox would have the best reliever on the market.

Chicago and star reliever Liam Hendriks agreed to a three-year contract, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

If the White Sox decline the option, they can pay the $15-million buyout over the course of multiple years, Passan adds.

Hendriks, who became a free agent last month when the Oakland Athletics did not make a qualifying offer, has been one of the most effective relievers in Major League Baseball the past two seasons, ranking second in ERA (1.6), fourth in WHIP.

Hendriks followed that up with 14 saves in 15 chances in 2020, a season reduced to 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hendriks hails from Perth, became an All-Star for the first time in 2019 and was voted ninth in the AL Cy Young balloting for pitcher of the year in 2020.

The 31-year-old right-hander, a 10-year veteran, emerged as the closer for the Oakland Athletics in 2019, when he saved 25 games in 32 opportunities and posted a 1.80 ERA.

Hendriks was designated for assignment on June 25, 2018 - he has been through that nearly a half-dozen times now - and then started Oakland's 7-2 wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium just more than three months later.

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