A announces that they have traded a player Yoni Hernandez to the Dodgers for monetary considerations. Hernandez was assigned to the task earlier this week.
Hernandez, 25 in May, is a low-energy, high-contact player. He has 55 games of MLB experience, including 43 with the Rangers last year and 12 with the Diamondbacks in 2022. He has a tepid .198/.293/.228 hitting streak at the time, but a 9.8% walk rate and 18.6% slugging average are better than the league average.
He spent most of 2022 in the minors, appearing in 71 Triple-A games. 324 in that time, walking in 11.7% of his plate appearances while striking out only 15.8% of the time. He also stole 30 bases, along with two other bases in the major leagues, which is very common for him. With new rules in 2023 encouraging base stealing, this part of his game could become even more valuable.
Hernandez brings a fair amount of defensive versatility to the table, having played the three positions left of first base, as well as left field and center. He only has five minor league home runs in his career and none in the majors, but he has a good eye at the plate and can move all over the field. He also still has a couple of option years left, allowing the Dodgers to keep him in the minors if they so choose.
The A’s claimed him off waivers from the Diamondbacks in November but designated him for assignment when they signed Jess Peterson And the Aledmys Diaz official. The Dodgers field has taken a few blows in recent months when Tria Turner And the Hanser Alberto Hit free agency, they turned down their club option Justin Turner and not giving Edwin Rios. Hernandez will give them a versatile depth option as they build their roster for next season.
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