Liam Hendriks has been one of the hottest names on the MLB trade market in recent days, drawing attention from multiple teams. His trade saga took a surprising turn on Thursday, however, when it was revealed that the Chicago White Sox may not be interested in moving their All-Star closer after all.
Liam Hendriks Trade Rumors
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Thursday that although the White Sox are still fielding trade offers for Hendriks, they plan to keep him around to help them contend in 2023.
Dealing Hendriks this offseason would have been a curious move for Chicago. The team still has him under contract through 2023 with a club option for 2024, so there's no rush to trade him just yet. The White Sox are also only one year removed from winning the AL Central and should bounce back in 2023 after an injury-ravaged 2022 campaign.
Elite relievers like Hendriks are always in high demand, so Chicago could still shop him at the trade deadline next summer if the team is out of contention. The team can afford to be patient with the three-time All-Star and two-time Reliever of the Year.
So barring an insane trade offer that blows the White Sox away, expect Hendriks to be back with the club next year (and potentially beyond).