Hernandez could hit atop the Indians' order, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The club has discussed moving Francisco Lindor out of the leadoff spot in an effort to better utilize his power. If that happens, Hernandez would be a prime candidate to hit first in the Indians' order, particularly because he has walked at over a 10 percent rate in three of the past four seasons. The move would certainly be beneficial for Hernandez's run-scoring potential as he would likely be immediately followed by the likes of Oscar Mercado, Jose Ramirez and Lindor.
Hernandez signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with the Indians on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Hernandez was non-tendered by the Phillies at the beginning of December despite earning consistent playing time during his tenure with the team. The 29-year-old hit .279/.333/.408 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI in 2019 and will likely begin the season as the Indians' primary second baseman.
Hernandez was non-tendered by Philadelphia on Monday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Hernandez has been a key utility man for the Phillies over the last two seasons, playing in all but eight games. He hit .266 with 29 home runs and 131 RBI over that stretch but will be in search of a new home following Monday's transaction.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Nationals. Hernandez cranked his 13th homer of the season in the form of a solo shot off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning to cut the Phillies' deficit in half. The 29-year-old leads Philadelphia this year in both batting average (.280) and hits (167).
Hernandez went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Thursday against the Braves. Hernandez reached base three times, all of which came on base knocks. After a slow start to the month, he's recorded at least one hit in nine of his last 11 starts. He's also scored six runs and driven in nine in that span. Overall, he's maintained a .285/.339/.409 line across 150 games this season.
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