The Marlins flipped Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays in late June, after he missed a significant portion of the first three months with an oblique injury. After the trade, he showed more power than usual, swatting seven homers over his final 281 plate appearances, and finishing a season with a slugging percentage above .400 for the first time in five full big-league seasons. The pop came at the expense of a higher strikeout rate, as Hechavarria whiffed 20.6 percent of the time after the move to the Rays, and his .289 OBP for the season remained right in line with his career .291 mark. Most of his value comes from his ability as an excellent defender at shortstop, which will continue to lead him to a high volume of plate appearances. As an everyday player, he's useful for AL-only formats despite the lack of a double-digit steals season since 2013, but his value to the Rays and to fantasy owners comes from the boost he'll provide to the pitchers in Tampa Bay.
Hechavarria will make $5.9 million in 2018 after winning his arbitration case, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. The Rays came in at $5.35 million and will be forced to cough up a little extra money to their shortstop during this upcoming campaign. In 2017, he slashed .261/.289/.406 with eight home runs and 30 RBI split between Tampa Bay and Miami.
Hechavarria isn't in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Orioles. Daniel Robertson will draw the start at shortstop while Hechavarria sits out . Hechavarria started the season with the Marlins before getting traded to the Rays. Over 77 games with Tampa Bay he hit .257 with a .700 OPS.
Hechavarria is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hechavarria raised his batting average from .245 to .249 with seven hits over his last six games, but manager Kevin Cash wanted to get Daniel Robertson a second straight start, so he will get the nod at shortstop Friday in Hechavarria's place.
Hechavarria went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Yankees. The defensive maven was responsible for the only run of the night on the Rays' side of the scoreboard, generating his second multi-hit effort over the last four games in the process. Hechavarria has pieced together a solid season at the plate between stints with the Marlins and the Rays, as he now has a career high in round trippers (eight) and has compiled 26 extra-base hits overall (13 doubles and five triples in addition to his homers) over 339 plate appearances. With Matt Duffy (heel) projected to return at full health by spring training, it remains to be seen if Hechavarria's efforts will result in the team bringing him back into the fold.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup against Baltimore on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports. Hechavarria receives a rare day off for the first time since Aug. 24 while Daniel Robertson gets a start at short. Over the last eight games, Hechavarria is hitting .310/.375/.655 and will likely be back in the lineup for Friday's contest.