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Dodgers Longtime Target Liam Hendriks Hitting Free Agency, Should LA Pursue Him?

The Dodgers are entering the offseason with many needs across the board on their roster, and after another poor playoff result, they have work to do. The team is expected to pursue two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani and upgrade their starting rotation this winter to give them a better chance next season.

But one interesting name has just hit the free agent market after his option for next season was declined. That would be veteran relief pitcher Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox.

Hendriks did undergo Tommy John Surgery in early August to repair a torn UCL, and it is likely that he could miss the entire 2024 season. So, he wouldn’t be much help to the Dodgers for next season, but the team has been known to sign pitchers who are rehabbing from injuries for future roster plans.

Hendriks is as mentally tough as they come as well. He overcame having cancer and made his incredible comeback earlier this season before the injury. Prior to going out, he played in five games, posting an ERA of 5.40.

Hendriks could make some sense for the Dodgers this offseason to sign with the 2025 season in mind. They did this exact situation with former reliever Tommy Kahnle years ago, knowing that he would miss the entire 2021 season.

He returned to the team in 2022 after rehabbing the first few months and appeared in 13 games for the team. LA could look to do the same with Hendriks, and he has been linked to them in previous seasons.

When healthy he is one of the better relievers in the game, and it may not cost much to get him since he will miss the entire 2024 season in all likelihood. Fans can think of how the team structured their deal with relief pitcher Alex Reyes earlier this year. They signed him to a one-year deal with $1.1 million that had a club option for the following season.

This is certainly something that could make sense for the Dodgers, and Hendriks could rehab with the team. If he looks good, LA could pick up the option, and if not, they cut the cost and don’t think twice about it.

Hendriks is 34 years old right now, but it seems that he still wants to keep playing. This could be a good way to get a solid reliever in the mix for 2025, and that makes him a low-end target for this offseason.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.


  1. Pass. We have the Big Hurt coming up next spring. Hurt is our future closer, with Graterol as setup. That’s a brutal 8th and 9th lineup…

  2. Signing Hendriks makes no sense. The team has a long history with signing injured or injury-prone players, especially pitchers, and we’ve all seen how that has turned out – lot’s of money going out with about zero return. And we already have a basket-full of injury/rehab question marks with May, Buehler, Kershaw, Gonsolin, – and even Ohtani – should we sign him.

  3. Yeah, NO! Dodgers should roll with the Big Hurt. Hurt as Closer and Graterol as setup; could be the best lockdown situation in MLB….

  4. Matt- censor much?! Both my posts go against your narrative, so you delete them? Really?!

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