Liam Hendriks reportedly is leaving the A's.
The Chicago White Sox and Hendriks have agreed to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reported Monday night. Hendriks will earn $54 million whether or not the option is picked up, according to Brown.
The A's acquired Hendriks in a trade with Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. Over five seasons in Oakland, the Australian righty emerged as one of MLB's best relievers. He was an All-Star in 2019, and the AL Reliever of the Year during the coronavirus pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
In 25 1/3 innings this season, Hendriks posted a 1.78 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. His emergence into an All-Star over the last few seasons priced him out of Oakland's range.
“It’s an exciting time, but bittersweet, because we have friends with the Oakland organization,” Hendriks told The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser on the “A’s Plus” podcast last month. “Not just players, but coaches and front-office staff and personnel at the stadium, it’s always a tough time going into something like this because of how much you’re subtracting. It’s an exciting time for what we’re looking forward to, but a sad time because of what we’re leaving behind.”
Hendriks ends his time in Oakland with an 11-12 record, 40 saves, a 3.08 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. With Hendriks headed for the South Side of Chicago, Jake Diekman appears to be the likeliest reliever to become the next A's closer.
In addition to Hendriks, starting pitcher Mike Minor and outfielder Robbie Grossman have also left the A's in free agency. Shortstop Marcus Semien, who finished third in AL MVP voting in 2019, remains a free agent.