The Dodgers are still looking for arms to add to their bullpen mix, and they might be after the biggest arm on the market. Since the season ended, Los Angeles has been loosely linked to Liam Hendriks among literally every other arm out there.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan further solidified that link this week when he reported that the Dodgers are still in on Hendriks. More interestingly, they’re still in on him even after signing some free-agent arms. Los Angeles signed Brandon Morrow, Brock Stewart, Jimmy Nelson, and James Pazos to minor league deals this week.
As the top of the market takes its sweet time developing, the interest in closer Liam Hendriks, far and away the best reliever available, is leading to an interesting array of teams ready to bid on his services, according to sources. … Among the teams that have pursued the 32-year-old: the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. … The Dodgers would give Hendriks the best shot at a title.
Hendriks has been one of the most dominant relievers in baseball over the last two years. He owns a 1.79 ERA across 110 innings of relief to go along with a 0.897 WHIP and a pristine 1.70 FIP. Hendriks strikes out batters at a high clip while also keeping his free passes relatively down, though there is room for improvement. Having him come out of the Dodgers bullpen with the arm mix that they have could be lethal for the opposition.
Over the last 2 seasons, Hendriks has put together the highest fWAR among all relievers at a 5.2 clip. He also owns the best FIP, as well as the best park-adjusted ERA among any reliever. If the Dodgers can fin a way to offer Hendriks a 4-year deal that he reportedly is in search of, it could be a perfect match. With Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen both potentially coming off of the books after 2021, there could be money for Hendriks long-term.
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