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Free Agent Enrique Hernández Nears Signing as Interest Grows: A Look at His Prospects and Market Value

Enrique Hernández, a versatile free agent, is expected to finalize a deal within the next two to three days, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The number of teams still interested remains uncertain.

This offseason, Hernández has attracted attention from the Angels among others. It’s likely that several teams have reached out to his representatives. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted last month that the Angels believed Hernández might prefer staying with the Dodgers after his stint there last season, although it’s unclear if the Dodgers have pursued re-signing him.

During the 2023 season, the ten-year MLB veteran split his time between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hernández struggled initially with the Red Sox, batting just .222/.279/.320 with six home runs in 323 plate appearances. He was traded to the Dodgers a week before the trade deadline. In his second tenure with the Dodgers, his offensive performance improved slightly, hitting .262/.308/.423 over 185 plate appearances.

Following the season, Hernández underwent hernia surgery, a minor procedure that shouldn’t affect his readiness for Spring Training. While it’s possible the injury impacted his offensive output, Hernández has generally been below average at the plate in recent years, with a slash line of .237/.305/.394 since 2019 over more than 2100 plate appearances.

It’s uncertain if Hernández will secure a major league contract as he enters his age-32 season. Recent signings of players like Amed Rosario and Gio Urshela for $1.5 million guarantees, and Tim Anderson for a $5 million deal, suggest that the market has been tepid for rebound hitters. Hernández offers defensive flexibility with the ability to play anywhere in the outfield, but the Red Sox’s experiment of making him an everyday shortstop last year didn’t work out.

Yachiga Tavershima
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