Free Agent Target: Liam Hendriks

Hendriks is a 10 year Major League veteran that’s just recently making a name for himself on a national scale. For the first six years of the right handers career, Hendriks was utilized as a starting pitcher and wasn’t at all impressive. Since his move to the pen however, Hendriks has been able to carve himself out quite the run.

As a reliever, Hendriks owns a 3.17 ERA as opposed to a 5.80 ERA when starting. In 334.2 innings of relief, Hendriks has given up 303 hits but has struck out 415 while only allowing 28 long balls.

Also read: Shaping up the Mets bullpen

While he’s been a great reliever, over the past two seasons he’s been performing at an elite level. In 2019, Hendriks put up a 1.80 ERA in 75 appearances, striking out an amazing 124 batters in 85 innings pitched, wow.

While I do worry about him turning into Wade Davis, who’s been terrible since joining the Colorado Rockies, the upside would be completely worth it. On “The Mets Junkies Podcast”, I predicted the Mets sign Hendriks for 3 years, in between $28-33M in total.

Baseball Reference has the right-hander having a solid 2021 season with a 3.19 ERA with 9 saves and 58 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. While it seems the site has Hendriks as a set-up man going forward, it seems like the stuff and the numbers are good enough to close games out.

Also read: More arms the Mets have shown early interest in

Photo by Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

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