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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sources: Boston Red Sox, Enrique Hernandez agree to 2-year, $14 million deal

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Enrique Hernandez, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.

Hernandez, originally acquired from the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade in December 2014, was a key cog for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the past six years because of his infectious energy, defensive versatility and production against left-handed pitching.

Hernandez, 29, is a career .240/.313/.425 hitter, making him slightly below league average, but he can provide premium defense as a middle infielder and in the outfield. From 2016 to 2020, Hernandez compiled 5.7 FanGraphs wins above replacement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2021 at 11:17 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: January 23, 2021 at 01:09 PM (#6001365)
We have a saying in Spanish to the effect that names and nicknames aren't really bound by grammatical rules.

I mention that, because in Spanish, "Kiké", makes no sense phonetically or gramatically (*). But its a nickname, so it can go however Mr. Hernández prefers.

(*) Phonetically, this nickname is usually pronounced as "KEE-k'" and writen as "Quique".
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 23, 2021 at 01:19 PM (#6001366)
Hernandez, 29, is a career .240/.313/.425 hitter, making him slightly below league average, but he can provide premium defense as a middle infielder and in the outfield.
Seems like a bit of an overpay, based on the bat, but I suspect true versatility - being above average defensively at several positions - is undervalued.
   3. pikepredator Posted: January 23, 2021 at 01:24 PM (#6001367)
Good point, YC. Makes me feel a bit better about a pick-up that seemed mediocre at best at first glance.
   4. villageidiom Posted: January 23, 2021 at 01:44 PM (#6001368)
I approve.

Whether Hernandez becomes the starting CF, or the starting 2B, or the next Brock Holt - I also approve of re-appropriating Holt's exclamation point to Kiké! - I don't yet know. But Boston is a better team with Hernandez than they were without him.
   5. The Mighty Quintana Posted: January 23, 2021 at 02:05 PM (#6001370)
He's a lefty masher....those stats are 70% in Chavez Ravine, Petco, and AT&T so I suspect that slug% will go up in Fenway.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 23, 2021 at 03:04 PM (#6001376)
The bat probably doesn't play against RHP (82 career wRC+) unless he's elite defensively at an up the middle position. Useful player, but limited. You're much better off giving him 300 PA than 600.
   7. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: January 23, 2021 at 04:14 PM (#6001380)
Useful but limited means he’s roughly ten times better than anything they’ve had at second base the last couple of years. This and the Richards moves are good ones. No they aren’t “make the Sox contenders” moves but as vi says they are moves that make the Sox better.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 23, 2021 at 05:20 PM (#6001388)
Useful but limited means he’s roughly ten times better than anything they’ve had at second base the last couple of years. This and the Richards moves are good ones. No they aren’t “make the Sox contenders” moves but as vi says they are moves that make the Sox better.

Sure, he makes them better. I'm just saying that if they give him 650 PA at 2B, you're probably going to be disappointed in the results. He's a far better player if he starts against every LHP, and moves around spelling regulars.
   9. Darren Posted: January 23, 2021 at 06:19 PM (#6001397)
Blah.
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 23, 2021 at 07:27 PM (#6001401)
Sure, he makes them better. I'm just saying that if they give him 650 PA at 2B, you're probably going to be disappointed in the results. He's a far better player if he starts against every LHP, and moves around spelling regulars.


Yeah, the Dodgers had a good arrangement with Pederson who hit well against right handers but was trash against lefties and Hernandez who was the opposite. Made for a good platoon.
   11. Dock Ellis Posted: January 25, 2021 at 01:59 PM (#6001649)
Between Kiké and Hunter Renfroe, the Sox will be giving a lot of playing time to guys who don't hit RHP very well.
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: January 25, 2021 at 02:39 PM (#6001660)
11. Dock Ellis Posted: January 25, 2021 at 01:59 PM (#6001649)
Between Kiké and Hunter Renfroe, the Sox will be giving a lot of playing time to guys who don't hit RHP very well.

10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 23, 2021 at 07:27 PM (#6001401)Yeah, the Dodgers had a good arrangement with Pederson who hit well against right handers but was trash against lefties and Hernandez who was the opposite. Made for a good platoon.
Hmmm, an idea for the Red Sox is forming....

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