Free-agent closer Liam Hendrix and the Chicago White Sox have signed a multiyear deal, pending a physical, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passon.
Sources said the deal is for three years and includes a fourth option and Hendrix is valued at $ 54 million.
Sources said the 31-year-old Hendrix would earn $ 39 million in the first three years, and the fourth-year fourth option salary is $ 15 million. If the White Sox reject the option, they will be able to pay the purchase over the course of several years.
Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement between Hendrix and the White Sox.
Hendricks, who became a free agent last month when the Oakland Athletics failed to make a qualified offer, has been one of the most effective relievers in baseball over the past two seasons, finishing second in the ERA (1.6) However, WHIP ranks fourth in (0.87). , Third in strikeout ratio (7.2) and eighth in save (39).
He finished the 2020 regular season with a 1.78 ERA and an MLB second-best 14 saves in 15 occasions, and then recorded a win, a save and a 3.18 ERA in the postseason.
The Australian reliever established a career best with a 12.3 strike-walk ratio and 13.1 strikes in nine innings last season and was the Reliever of the Year in the American League.
Hendrix became an important part of the late A’s manager Bob Melvin in the games during the 2019 season. The right-handed former opener, who grossed $ 2.15 million in 2019, has become a reliable close man. He went 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 carries in a career-high 75 innings, the most in 85 innings and made the All-Star team for the first time. He turned 32 on February 10.
Hendricks was named for the assignment on June 25, 2018 – that has happened nearly half a dozen times since then – and then began Oakland’s 7-2 wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium more than three months later.
Oakland got a good edge when it came to a close, when it signed a $ 5.3 million one-year contract before the 2020 season to avoid salary arbitration.
In 10 major league seasons with the Twins, Royals, Blue Jays and A’s, he holds a 19-27 record with 40 saves and a 4.10 ERA.