Boston Red Sox and closing pitcher Liam Hendriks agree to 2-year, $10M deal

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According to, closing pitcher Liam Hendriks and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal, including incentives that could increase the value to $20 million as well as a third-year mutual option that could keep Hendriks off the free-agent market until 2027.

Hendriks, 35, spent the last three seasons with the Chicago White Sox. Hendriks missed the start of last season after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January 2023 and immediately began cancer treatment. He announced in April that he was cancer free and began the 2023 season on the injured list, making his return to the majors on May 30. He went 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA and one save in five appearances last season before missing the remainder of the year because of an elbow injury. undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 2, and could potentially miss the entire 2024 season.

Hendriks is 33-34 with a 3.82 ERA and 116 saves in 476 career appearances. The right-handed relief pitcher previously played for the Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.  In his two seasons with the White Sox before 2023, Hendriks, a three-time All-Star, went 4-4 with 37 saves and a 2.81 ERA over 58 appearances in 2022. He went 8-3 with an American League-high 38 saves and a 2.54 ERA over 69 appearances in 2021.

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