Liam Hendriks Diagnosed with Cancer

Closer of the White Sox, Liam Hendriks has announced via his IG (Instagram) that he unfortunately has Cancer.

Hearing the word ’cancer’ came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year. However, I am resolved to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when facing other obstacles in my life

My treatment begins tomorrow, and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back on the mound as soon as possible. I know with the support of my wife, my family, my teammates, and the Chicago White Sox organization, along with the treatment and care from my doctors, I will get through this.”

Via Hendriks’ IG

Hendriks is currently listed as the closer for the Chicago White Sox, however, rumors across the internet have the Mets targeting the right-hander for bullpen help. The veteran is two years deep into a three year deal worth $54M, not an impossible contract to relocate.

Unfortunately, all that is currently on hold as Hendriks will receive treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

General Manager of the White Sox, Rick Hanh has released a statement on behalf of the organization.

Our thoughts and reactions at this time are for Liam the person, not Liam the baseball player. I know the entire Chicago White Sox organization, our staff, his teammates, and certainly White Sox fans, will rally in support of Liam and Kristi during the coming months. Knowing everyone involved, especially Liam, we are optimistic he will pitch again for the White Sox as soon as viable. In the meantime, we all will do everything in our power to support our teammate and his family as they face this challenge, while also respecting their privacy. We do not expect to have any updates on Liam’s playing status prior to Opening Day at the very earliest.”

Hendriks has a career 3.81 ERA over the span of 12 seasons. The veteran has collected 115 saves throughout his career, including a career high of 38 with the Sox in 2019.

Prayers go out to Hendriks and his family as they fight this horrible disease.

Mets Acquire Infielder

Former White Sox infielder Danny Mendick has signed a 1 year pact with the Mets worth $1M, in a surprising move.

Unfortunately, Mendick, a Rochester, New York native, will likely start 2023 on the Injured List as he suffered a torn ACL in June.

The former 22nd round pick played in 31 games last season and hit .289/.343/.443/.786 with four doubles, three home runs, and 15 runs batted in.

Once healthy, it could potentially mean that Luis Guillorme’s run as a Met could be coming to an end, however the newly acquired Mendick does still have two MiLB options available.

Who’s next?

Mets Acquire José Quintana

Left handed starter José Quintana has reached an agreement with the New York Mets and will join the middle of the team’s rotation.

The deal will be for the span of two season and will cost Steven Cohen and the Mets a total of $26M. Not too shabby, considering that Quintana is coming off of year where he pitched to a 2.93 ERA.

It’s hard to believe that Quintana will be entering his 12th season, however, the veteran journeyman sharp season with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. As I mentioned earlier, Quintana owned a 2.93 ERA with just a 6-7 win/loss record.

While the record might not be an attention grabber, his consistency hitting the mound absolutely is. The Colombian born pitcher started 32 games in 2022, continuing to display his dependability as a theme to his career.

Overall, Quintana owns an 89-87 win/loss record to go alongside his 3.75 ERA, and 1.28 WHIP in over 1723.2 innings pitched.

Mets sign James McCann

The wait is finally over. The New York Mets and catcher James McCann have come to terms on a deal. McCann will make roughly $40M over the next four years. While the deal is still pending a physical, the catcher is now signed.

McCann will join Trevor May and Sam McWilliams as the newest signees under the ownership of Steve Cohen. This will of course kill all chances of Realmuto joining the team anytime in the near future.

The defensive stud has also shown strides of improvement in the batters box the last few years. According to Mathew Brownstein of Metsmerized, McCann’s hard hit percentage has jumped up drastically.

In 2017, McCann had a hard hit percentage of 34.5%, in 2020 its jumped up more than 13% with a 47.8% hard hit percentage showing that he’s barreling up on the baseball.

Overall McCann is coming off a great season in 2020. He hit .289/.360/.536 (896OPS) and 144 OPS+. These are great numbers for a catcher who provide solid defense. McCann has also improved mightly in framing over the last season, something he struggled with in 2019.

Getting McCann is a major upgrade and the cost isn’t as much. This means other big name free agents can be had. Great move.

Source: Ken Rosenthal

Photo: USA Today

Mets one of the teams showing interest in James McCann

John Heyman reported today that the Mets, Yankees, Cardinals, White Sox and Angels are showing interest in free agent catcher James McCann. Obviously an unsurprising report, considering the Mets catching need. The Phillies are believed to be in the mix, if they are out on Realmuto. Which could also be the case for the Mets and other teams.

McCann has been well documented on MetsJunkies as a main guy to be targeted by the Mets. He has always been a good defender, but has improved mightly with the bat over the last two seasons. Behind Realmuto he is the best catcher avaliable on the market. The White Sox do like McCann but there is no way, he would take a back-up role.

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Also read: What will it take to get Realmuto?