The last thing A's fans want to see is Liam Hendriks closing for an AL team in a city other than Oakland. However, it looks like the Australia native might have his eyes north of the border.
Sportsnet's Shi Dividi reported Monday that Hendriks visited the Toronto Blue Jays' spring training complex on Monday in Dunedin, Fla.
Hendriks, who turns 32 years old in February, has been a star closer for the A's the last two seasons. He went 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA and recorded 14 saves last season while also finishing ninth in Cy Young Award voting. The year before, Hendriks recorded 25 saves while going 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA. He unquestionably is the best reliever on the open market.
The Blue Jays certainly aren't the only team that has their eyes on Hendriks. FanSided's Robert Murray reported Monday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have "strong interest" in Hendriks, and the closer is drawing interest from the Chicago White Sox as well. Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com tweeted Monday that he's heard the Houston Astros are "all over" Hendriks.
If Hendriks were to sign with the Blue Jays, this wouldn't be the first time he played for Toronto. He appeared in three games for the Blue Jays in 2014 before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in July. The Royals then traded him back to Toronto in October, who then traded him to the A's in November 2015 for Jesse Chavez.
It seems inevitable Hendriks won't return to Oakland, but the A's certainly hope his new home is in the NL.