(670 The Score) The White Sox have found their answer for the ninth inning for 2021 and beyond.
Star closer Liam Hendriks and the White Sox have agreed on a three-year deal that will guarantee him $54 million, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported Monday night. The deal also includes a team option for a fourth season. Yahoo Sports first reported the news of the agreement, which is pending a physical.
Hendriks, who turns 32 in February, is coming off two sensational seasons for the Athletics, posting a 1.80 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 2019 and a 1.78 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in 2020. He has a career 4.10 ERA, having authored his best seasons in the past two years.
Hendriks brings a dominant swing-and-miss element to the mound, as he has struck out 13.1 batters per nine innings in each of the past two seasons. He saved 25 games in 2019 and then 14 in this past pandemic-shortened regular season.
Hendriks will replace Alex Colome as the White Sox's closer. Colome is coming off two strong seasons for the White Sox and remains a free agent.