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Quantity over quality, Blue Jays deal Liam Hendriks

On November 21st Toronto made a move that still has many scratching their head. They swapped pitchers with the Oakland Athletics, trading one of their best arms out of the bullpen, 26-year-old Liam Hendriks, for Jesse Chavez. Hendriks was reliable throughout the 2015 campaign and into the postseason. An arm like that is hard to find, […]
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Transaction Analysis: The Liam Hendriks Experience by R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer, Bret Sayre and Brendan Gawlowski

A reliever-turned-starter gets dealt for a starter-turned reliever, the Dodgers continue to make it rain internationally, and the Brewers continue to deal.
Via Baseball Prospectus
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's not done revamping bullpen after adding Hendriks to mix

The A's dealt from a position of strength for reliever Liam Hendriks, and they might not be done.  Frank Gunn AP Photo/The Canadian PressLast week, the Oakland Athletics took a flier on veteran lefty Rich Hill, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for 2016. The addition of Hill to a rotation that didn't have much extra room created a bit of a surplus for the A's, and shortly therefter...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's acquire RHP Hendriks from Blue Jays for Chavez

RHP Liam Hendricks is going to Oakland.  Jamie Squire Getty Images North AmericaOAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez.Hendriks became a full-time reliever for the first time with Toronto last season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances. His fastball velocity spiked when he moved...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A's get Hendriks from Blue Jays for Chavez

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez. Hendriks became a full-time reliever for the first time with Toronto last season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances. His fastball velocity spiked when he moved to the bullpen, and the 26-year-old right-hander struck out a career-best 9...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is awesome now, apparently

This is an oversimplification, but to be a successful starting pitcher in the current era, you have to maintain some reasonable level of effectiveness for something like 25 batters per start. If you can’t pitch into the sixth and seventh innings with regularity, you aren’t going to remain a starting pitcher for very long. In the past that number was higher and in the future it...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Liam Hendriks on his Evolution to Blue Jays Bullpen Stud

Liam Hendriks bombed as a starter. Pitching almost exclusively in that role prior to this season, he went 3-15 with a 5.92 ERA. The ineffectiveness turned him into a nomad. The 26-year-old Australian was property of five organizations – including Toronto twice – from December 2013 to October 2014. This year, he bolstered the Blue Jays bullpen. In 58 relief appearances, Hendriks...
Via Fangraphs
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Human Behavior GIF: Liam Hendriks Exhibiting Pleasure

While some people take for granted the ability to comprehend and decode signifiers of nonverbal communication, there’s a not insubstantial segment of the population who, for any numbers of reasons, lack those particular skills. The purpose of this post at is to provide an example of how a human might exhibit intense pleasure by means only of physical cues. What one...
Via Fangraphs
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Evolution of Liam Hendriks

When Toronto Blue Jays reliever Liam Hendriks got out of a one-out, bases loaded jam in the 7th inning against the Boston Red Sox yesterday, his escape act seemed to signal a watershed moment in this transition from a starting pitcher to a reliever: Hendriks was originally signed...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Liam Hendriks A Viable Option For The Toronto Blue Jays?

There is speculation that the Toronto Blue Jays may call on 25-year old farm-hand Liam Hendriks to start Saturday’s contest against the league best Oakland Athletics. Hendriks has 28 MLB starts under his belt with the offensively challenged Minnesota Twins where he posted a career 2-13 record with an inflated 6.06 earned run average and 1.590 WHIP. The native of Australia has...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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