Enrique ‘Kiké’ Hernandez is On His Way to the Red Sox

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Former Dodgers 2B Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez has signed with the Boston Red Sox. The deal is over 2 years and worth 14 million total. Based on these numbers, Hernandez will likely be the Sox’s starting second baseman based on these numbers.

Kiké Hernandez is a career .240 hitter, but he has had his fair share of moments at the plate. Hernandez has even shown postseason poise, hitting 8 home runs and 18 RBIs in his Dodgers tenure. Hernandez is also a defender who can easily slide right at 2B, with his limited errors in the past few seasons. This is a good pickup for the Sox, considering their obvious lack of free-agent additions. Though Hernandez is not the biggest name free agent that fans might have wanted, he will be a solid contributor.

Enrique Hernandez’s Depth Impact

Additionally, the signing of Enrique (Kiké) Hernandez adds infield depth for the Red Sox. With Hernandez at 2B, Michael Chavis will likely platoon with promising 1B Bobby Dalbec. Chavis has been used in the outfield, but those spots will likely be filled. Hernandez has played all of the outfield and infield positions in his career, so his versatility will be useful. The best comparison for Hernandez is probably Brock Holt, who was equally versatile. However, Hernandez is a slightly better hitter but is still generally below average at the plate. Hernandez did hit 2 home runs in this past NLCS, which showed his clutch capabilities at times.

Overall, this move helps the Red Sox’s depth immensely considering Hernandez’s versatility. This move might also help the Sox finally pick up steam in the offseason, showing how they are willing to kind of compete in 2021. If they end up adding some pitching, this team could be a sleeper to end up as a wild card.

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Enrique Hernandez and Alex Verudugo
Kiké Hernandez and Alex Verdugo

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