After watching a historic spending spree, it may be hard to believe that the New York Mets actually may not be able to acquire everyone the franchise wants this offseason. However, MLB rumors floating out there say the Chicago White Sox may actually do just that.
MLB rumors: Chicago White Sox plan to keep Liam Hendriks, perhaps dashing plans for New York Mets
According to MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the Chicago White Sox have indeed been listening to offers for All-Star closer Liam Hendriks. However, it seems that none of the offers have been enough for the White Sox to part with the 33-year-old right-hander.
MLB rumors have linked the New York Mets to Hendriks this offseason, and, if true, would continue a trend for New York this offseason as the franchise has worked to solidify its bullpen by resigning key pieces of the bullpen from last season (Edwin Díaz and Adam Ottavino) and acquiring free agents to fill in the voids (Brooks Raley and David Robertson).
Hendriks would, in theory, be another late-inning option in Queens, but it sounds as if the Mets (and other teams that have been talking to the White Sox as well) may be out of luck with a pitcher who has a 2.66 ERA/2.49 FIP/0.870 in his two seasons (128.2 total innings) with the White Sox.
Chicago is coming off a disappointing and tumultuous 81-81 season and just inked outfielder Andrew Benintendi to a five-year, $75 million deal, the richest deal in franchise history. If Chicago believes it can compete in the American League Central this season, trading off Hendriks would seemingly go against that belief.