Hedges avoided arbitration Friday by signing a one-year, $3.28 million deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Hedges will see a small boost from his 2020 salary of $3 million. It's hard to argue that he deserved a much bigger raise, as he hit an awful .145/.231/.290 in 35 games for San Diego and Cleveland last season.
Hedges remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.
Since being acquired from the Padres in a deadline-day trade, Hedges has made just four starts through Cleveland's first 19 games of September. While it isn't surprising that Hedges has taken a back seat to top catcher Roberto Perez, the fact that he isn't the clear No. 2 backstop for the Indians is more unexpected. Like Hedges, Sandy Leon has also picked up four starts behind the dish in September.
Hedges was traded from San Diego to Cleveland on Monday as part of a six-player package for Mike Clevinger, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The Padres completely overhauled their catching depth chart Sunday, acquiring both Jason Castro and Austin Nola, leaving Hedges as surplus to requirements. The 28-year-old remains clearly a glove-first backstop, as his career slash line now sits at .199/.257/.359 midway through his sixth big-league campaign. He has just a .591 OPS this season, though Cleveland's incumbent catchers, Roberto Perez and Sandy Leon, have marks of .442 and .527, respectively, so he could have a shot to carve out a meaningful role.
Hedges isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Rockies.
Hedges went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday, and he'll get a day off Saturday. Luis Torrens will start behind the plate.
Hedges is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mariners.
Luis Torrens gets the start behind the dish in this one. Through 17 games this month, Hedges is slashing .235/.333/.529 with three home runs and a stolen base.
Hedges is not in the lineup Sunday against the Astros.
Hedges started five of six games entering Saturday, but he's now been on the bench for the past two contests. Luis Torrens receives another start behind the plate for the Friars.
Hedges went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and another run scored during Thursday's win over the Rangers.
With one out and the score knotted 6-6 in the eighth inning, Hedges took Jesse Chavez deep with a solo shot to give the Padres the lead. The long ball was the third of the year for the backstop, who is hitting just .167/.239/.381 across 20 games this season.
Hedges went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, a walk and an additional run scored in Monday's 14-4 rout over Texas.
Hedges did his part to contribute to San Diego's offensive outburst, slugging a solo homer to center field in the fourth inning. The 28-year-old is batting a tepid .143/.211/.314 on the season, though he has reached base four times -- three by walk -- over his last two games.
Hedges went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Dodgers.
Hedges has been sharing the playing time at catcher with Francisco Mejia, and Hedges hasn't done enough offensively to become the team's primary backstop -- he has only hit .125 in 26 at-bats.
Hedges is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Hedges had started both of the previous two days, so he'll just be getting a breather in the series finale while Francisco Mejia gets a turn behind the dish. The 27-year-old is still looking for his first hit of the season after going 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in the Padres' three games to date.
Hedges was told by Padres manager Jayce Tingler that his opportunity to stick with the team is dependent on his ability to get on base, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Hedges' defensive acumen is unquestioned, but the 27-year-old slashed a paltry .176/.252/.311 last season and saw his power output drop for the second straight campaign. That's unacceptable for any big-league starter, even one with Hedges' elite pitch-framing skills. While Francisco Mejia -- Hedges' main competition for time behind the plate -- has struggled at times defensively, he wields a more potent stick and may have passed Hedges on the depth chart. In addition, Luis Torrens -- who represents a mix of Hedges' strong defense and Mejia's offensive potential -- is said to be in the mix for a roster spot, which could affect Hedges' playing time, especially if he gets off to a slow start.
Hedges is likely to make the Padres' Opening Day roster, but the amount of playing time he'll receive has not yet been decided, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Hedges led Padres backstops with 102 games last season, but he posted a paltry .176 batting average while striking out 109 times in 312 at-bats. His elite defense is likely to keep Hedges on the big-league roster, but he could see considerably less playing time if Francisco Mejia is able to complement his superior bat with improved skills behind the plate. Luis Torrens is also in contention for a roster spot but remains a longshot, per Cassavell.
Hedges agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
This is Hedges' second year as an arbitration-eligible player. He will go through the process two more times before hitting the open market after the 2022 season.
Hedges is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.
Hedges will give way to Francisco Mejia behind the plate Wednesday night. Hedges started regularly the last three weeks with Mejia sidelined, but with Mejia now back in action, the two figure to split the catching duties in some fashion the rest of the way.
Hedges is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
Hedges started eight of the last nine games and will receive a breather after going 3-for-21 with six walks. Austin Allen takes over behind the plate for the Friars in the series finale.
Hedges went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks in a loss to Colorado on Friday.
Hedges put the Padres on the board in the first inning with a two-run blast to center field and reached base twice more via walk. The productive game was a rare bright spot in what has been a miserable month for Hedges at the plate, as he is hitting a scant .100 with one extra-base hit in 30 at-bats in September.
Hedges is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.
He is hitting .071 with zero home runs in 28 at-bats this month. Austin Allen is starting behind the dish and hitting seventh.
Hedges is not starting Friday against Colorado.
Hedges gets a rest after starting seven of the last eight games behind the plate. Austin Allen will get the nod in his absence.
Hedges is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Hedges started the last four contests so he'll head to the bench in the series finale. Austin Allen will start behind the plate in his place.
Hedges went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win over San Francisco.
Hedges launched a two-run shot to left center field in the fourth inning to plate the Padres' final runs of the game. The hit snapped an 0-for-13 skid that stretched back to Aug. 20. Hedges is San Diego's best defensive option behind the plate but has struggled mightily as a hitter this season, slashing .189/.254/.340 with 10 homers, 33 RBI and 92 strikeouts in 285 plate appearances.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||vs NYY||L 9-10||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/26||vs PIT||L 0-8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||vs CHW||W 5-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/16||@ CHC||L 2-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/10||vs KC||L 1-11||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/04||vs MIL||L 1-7||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/01||@ KC||W 10-1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2012||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||96||337||44||94||28||0||10||56||23||62||14||9||.279||.334||.451|
|2013||AA-San Antonio Missions||20||67||4||15||3||0||0||8||6||9||3||1||.224||.297||.269|
|2013||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||66||233||34||63||22||1||4||30||22||45||5||4||.270||.343||.425|
|2014||AA-San Antonio Missions||113||427||31||96||19||2||6||44||23||89||1||3||.225||.268||.321|
|2015||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||21||71||12||23||8||0||2||15||8||8||1||0||.324||.392||.521|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||7||27||7||11||3||0||3||11||3||9||0||0||.407||.452||.852|
|2018||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||4||12||1||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||.333||.357||.417|