The Red Sox are about to get their next Brock Holt in the form of Enrique Hernández, a super-utility player who plays every position but catcher.
A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Sox and Hernández have reached agreement on a two-year, $14 million deal. The club has not
The Red Sox are about to get their next Brock Holt in the form of
A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Sox and Hernández have reached agreement on a two-year, $14 million deal. The club has not announced the signing.
Hernández, who won a World Series with the Dodgers in 2020, will help
The Red Sox, who appear likely to lose Jackie Bradley Jr. in free agency and have dangled Andrew Benintendi in trade talks, can also use Hernández in the outfield.
While the defensive versatility Hernández possesses is a clear benefit — as the Red Sox learned firsthand with Holt from 2014-19 — he can also hit, particularly against lefties. In 893 career plate appearances against lefties, Hernández has an .820 OPS.
Hernández belted a career-high 21 homers for the Dodgers in ’18, and came back with 17 more in ’19.
In 690 career games — all but 42 of them with the Dodgers — Hernández has a slash line of .240/.313/.425 with 71 homers and 227 RBIs.
Defensively, Hernández has split his career starts the following way: 11 at first base, 132 at second base, 56 at shortstop, 14 at third base, 60 in left, 128 in center and 35 in right.
While the Red Sox haven’t made any splashy moves this winter, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has added depth to his position-player group with Hunter Renfroe and Hernández, and also to the pitching staff with righty Matt Andriese and lefty Martín Pérez