Kiké Hernandez Linked to Red Sox

Rumors continue to gain traction surrounding a possible Enrique Hernandez exit from Los Angeles. Hernandez, who is one of the most versatile players in the majors, has been a Dodger for the past six seasons. He hit free agency for the first time in his career at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

His versatility to play all around the diamond and the outfield, combined with his ability to pinch-hit, made him a hot commodity this offseason. He was linked to the Minnesota Twins earlier this winter, and now the Boston Red Sox are said to be very much interested in him.

With all likelihood, the designated hitter spot won’t return to the National League next season. This could mean more AB for Hernandez if he ends up in an American League uniform.

As the offseason period continues, it appears more likely that Hernandez played his last game in Dodger blue. The 29-year-old native of Puerto Rico has seen most of his starts at second base throughout his career, but he has also played every position except catcher for the Dodgers.

Hernandez has been a fan favorite throughout his time with the ballclub and has always appeared to be one of the more energetic players in the dugout.

Ultimately, I think Hernandez does walk, as a role in American League just makes more sense for him. While it is sad to see a fan favorite like Hernandez leave, Dodger fans have been in similar situations before with the likes of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig in recent years, despite their exits coming via surprising trades.

With the Dodgers being one of the deeper clubs in the majors, they are unlikely to get into a bidding war with other teams for Hernandez, especially when considering that other Dodger players can fill the utility roles.

The Dodgers can plug in Chris Taylor into any hole left by Hernandez. Taylor has a similar skillset to Kike. The 30-year-old Taylor can play all around the field defensively and is used in some pinch-hit situations. The young, lefty-hitting Zach McKinstry is also believed to have a similar type of defensive skillset.

However, it is hard to replicate how much Hernandez succeeded off left-handed pitching. Back in 2019, he hit .304 off left-handers.

Hernandez may just be one of several former Dodger free agents to walk this offseason. Others who we haven’t heard much from yet are Justin Turner and Joc Pederson.

If Hernandez does return, that would be great, as he’s been a staple on various Dodger teams throughout the various playoff runs.

While a Hernandez exit may be heavily grieved by some Dodger fans, it was nice watching him play all these years. Either way, the Dodgers are in a good position with or without him.

8 thoughts on “Kiké Hernandez Linked to Red Sox

  1. I would be really surprised to see Kike return. He wants more at bats and the Red Sox and Twins have holes to fill where they could give him a starting job and more at bats. I think Kike would be very popular in Boston if he decides to sign there. He could probably become their starting second baseman.

    Although Taylor and McKinstry can both play multiple positions, I think most people consider Kike to be the best fielder of the three. That, however, won’t be enough for AF to bring him back with other teams making offers.

    I hope he signs in the AL so I can root for him. Would hate to see him wind up in some place like SF or AZ and kill off our rallies with great plays.

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  2. I for one will not miss him. I think his value is with his glove. His bat has been so hit and miss I just never knew what he was going to do. I did like the way he owned Mad Bum. And it was nice to see him homer in the playoffs, and we won’t soon forget his 3 homer playoff game against the Cubs in 17. But I also remember them handing him the starting job at 2nd twice and him totally failing to hold the job. The worst thing that ever happened to Kike was hitting those 20 plus homers his second year in LA. His BA stayed south once he kept trying to pull for power.

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  3. I don’t think AF is going to run out, and be the top bidder for any of these guys, but if they aren’t getting the offers they want, and are willing to take shorter contracts, AF would welcome any, or maybe all of them back to the

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  4. Hey guys I’m up late tonight, so I’ve seen the snell trade come out. My question is what do you guys think about the package the Padres gave up, is that something we could have, or should have matched or bettered, or would it cripple the farm system? What Dodger prospects would have compared to the padres prospects that went into the deal.

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    1. I’d like it if someone could identify equal Dodger prospects by name also Keith. I always find those comparisons interesting. That said, the Padres need for Snell was far greater than ours considering that they won’t have Clevinger this year, and they should have been willing to pay more.

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  5. The Padres are going to be scary as hell for us from now on. They have finally done things the right way building their club. They failed a few years back trying to sign free agents to make a super team but learned their lesson, did like Houston and sucked for 2 years while stacking prospects, and now they are either graduating those prospects to their MLB club or using them to trade for young proven MLB pitching like Snell and Clevinger. You could make the argument their rotation is just as good or better than ours now and their offense may be better with us set to lose a few guys. The days of running away with the division are over. I say we make a big run at DJ LeMahieu to play 2B and ask Turner to come back on a 1 year deal at a reasonable but affordable price and try to run it back with back to back championships and then big changes will have to come with Seager, Bellinger and Buehler coming into free agency and Turner/Kershaw being at the end of the line.

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    1. I don’t see how we get JT back for just one year. Other teams will offer him two and I think he would consider a one year contract an insult considering the year he just had. I have no problem giving him a two year deal. Question is will someone offer him three.

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  6. I think most baseball GMs are on a slow play, everyone knows there is less money to spend due to COVID, so they are waiting for players to start panicking, and taking shorter lower $ contracts. I think AF will pay JT but is waiting to see what kind of offers he gets.

    None of the free agents are getting any offers, if they were the agents would have leaked it by now, to try to start up some bidding. The free agent market hasn’t been set yet, I would hate to be a free agent this off season, I think they are going to take a lot less than they are asking for.

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