Liam Hendriks Oakland Athletics

Age: 31 (February 10, 1989) | 6' 0" | 200lbs. | Throws: Right P-25
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
OAK A+ 2016 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a
OAK AAA 2016 0 0 0 0 3 0 4.2 4 0 2 3 3.86 1.29 1.07 3.9 5.8 .282 n/a
OAK AL 2016 0 4 0 0 53 0 64.2 69 6 14 71 3.76 1.28 1.31 1.9 9.9 .361 40/21/39 0 4
OAK AL 2017 4 2 1 16 70 0 64.0 57 7 23 78 4.22 1.25 1.23 3.2 11.0 .328 42/19/39 4 6
OAK AAA 2018 4 1 6 0 23 1 25.1 21 1 4 43 2.84 0.99 0.97 1.4 15.3 .413 n/a
OAK AL 2018 0 1 0 0 25 8 24.0 25 3 10 22 4.12 1.46 1.44 3.8 8.2 .325 40/21/39 -1 0
OAK AL 2019 4 4 25 8 75 2 85.0 61 5 21 124 1.80 0.96 0.93 2.2 13.1 .326 31/19/49 35 25
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a
Career 9yrs 16 26 26 24 320 44 490.2 511 57 132 489 4.22 1.31 1.35 2.4 9.0 .337 n/a
Welcome! You are invited to wander around and read all of the comments that have been posted here at Patton & Co., but as soon as you register you can see the bid limits that Alex, Peter and Mike propose for each player, and you can post your own comments. Registering is free, so please join us!

Five saves and a 1.22 ERA Pre All-Star.

Twenty saves and a 2.70 ERA Post All-Star.

But his WHIP was even better Post (0.90). In 33.1 IP he walked four and struck out 59.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 26

Giles doesn’t make “safe bet” list?

stephen stoneburn baggies
Feb 25

I don't think anyone's saying, "No closers," (particularly in 4x4), just that you refuse to pay full market value in the auction for them, and shop HARD in the discount bin and your league's FAAB/free agents/whatever.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Feb 25

I could see 'no closers' working decently in a 5x5 league, but not 4x4. When there are only 8 categories, it's hard to win if you punt one. I play 4x4, and I used to go the 'no saves' route all the time because it just wasn't any fun to spend $30-35 for a 50-50 chance at about 5 points. 


But closers don't cost as much as they used to, even in 4x4. Only once every few years does a top closer reach $30, and for a guy like Osuna who was worth $39 in 4x4 last year, that's a bargain price. 


It seems like the top guys are pretty safe bets in the AL this year (Chapman, Osuna, Hand, Rogers, Hendriks) and then after that you won't need to pay $20 to get the others. Unlike past years, 2020 looks like a season where most teams are set on their closers, meaning it will only cost you a few bucks or a reserve pick or two to roster the main back ups. 


For me, I'm fortunate to have Kennedy at $1 and Workman at $5, respectively, in the 2 leagues I play in. And you can bet that I'll try for a 2nd saver at the draft to maximize my points in the save category. Plus, these relievers are more helpful in ERA and WHIP than we think. Just run Alex's Evaluator on the 4x4 money breakdown to see what relievers can do in those categories.  



Scott Shea SJS
Feb 25

Yeah, over time, we've had a team in our league that has done VERY well scrapping for saves after the auction . . . and we've done well ourselves with that idea, but I have a hard time, every year, seeing a "proven" stopper go for a buck under our price.   I wasn't heart-broken when Pagan was dealt to the NL by the Rays, even though we could have kept him for $15, because if there was one team that would be completely comfortable splitting up the closer duties, it's the Rays.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Feb 24

I can't imagine closer strategy egy in a mixed league because there are too many for the number of teams.  But, in an AL only, I have been no closers for years.  Funny thing, last year I couldn't get my starter targets in my 2nd league last year and moved some cash into Ian Kennedy $7 and a flyer on Rogers $6.  I then was aggressive on the free agent market and finished with 5 savers, adding Workman, Pagan, and Robles to the original two.

I've got no problems with cheap savers in an only league.  But, if you protect one, I am deeply opposed to chasing saves to add a second one.  If you pay for a "proven closer" it destroys the pitching budget and still doesn't guarantee high points in the category.

In my primary league I start with Workman for $5 and I think I will finish with him.  I won't get 1 or 2 points in saves and maybe I get 4.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 24

Joe Sheehan's lead-off pan in this year's Rotowire Fantasy Baseball: CLOSERS.

"All of 'em. Every one. I have come full circle on this, having once committed no draft/auction resources to saves for years, then taking Blake Treinen early in the 2019 Mixed LABR draft. Treinen and fellow top closer Edwin Diaz imploded. Kenley Jansen continued his decline. Some closers, like Brad Hand and Aroldis Chapman, held up, but the group as a whole was a loser. I'll be patient and wait on the 2020 versions of Alex Colome, Taylor Rogers and Liam Hendriks."

He doesn't even mention Kimbrel.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 24

Avoided arbitration, agreeing to $5.3 million.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 11
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 0.1 FIP 4.33 SIERA 4.29 FB 71% FBv 94.4 HR/FB 11% Hard 35% LOB 79%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 3.8 FIP 1.87 SIERA 2.58 FB 70% FBv 96.5 HR/FB 6% Hard 37% LOB 86%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19