Kiké Hernandez, Red Sox Reportedly Agree to 2-Year, $14M Contract

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez celebrates a RBI-double against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 4 of the baseball World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly landed Kiké Hernandez. 

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Hernandez and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a two-year, $14 million deal on Friday. 

Hernandez, 29, has spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played a role in L.A.'s World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

While Hernandez has primarily been an outfielder during his seven-year MLB career, he has also spent time at every infield position for the Dodgers besides pitcher and catcher.

Hernandez is also a solid hitter with some pop, as evidenced by his career-high 21 home runs to go along with 52 RBI in 2018. He followed that up with 17 homers and a career-best 64 RBI the next year.

Last season, Hernandez appeared in only 48 games due to the fact that the season was shortened by COVID-19, but he was fairly productive with a .230 batting average, five homers, 20 RBI and 20 runs scored as a jack of all trades.

Hernandez also appeared in 17 playoff games during the Dodgers' run to a World Series title.

He has no shortage of playoff experience with 58 postseason games to his credit, and he has been a dominant force at times at the plate.

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Hernandez hit .444 with three home runs and seven RBI in the 2017 NLCS and hit .308 with two homers and two RBI in last year's NLCS.

In addition to his versatility and playoff experience, Hernandez likely appeals to the Red Sox due to his ability to hit left-handed pitching. Hernandez slashes .263/.345/.474 against lefties during his career compared to .222/.286/.386 against righties.

Hernandez also has experience with Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who selected him to be part of Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Now headed to Boston, Hernandez should have a solid opportunity to win the starting second baseman job since the Red Sox are lacking great options at the position.

Aside from that, Hernandez could fill in essentially everywhere else on the diamond as well, making him a hugely beneficial and valuable addition.