The Red Sox agreed to a two year deal with Kike Hernandez last night, worth $14M. Which was first reported by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

Hernandez, 29, agreed to multi-year terms with the Red Sox today, after talks about the Red Sox and Hernandez being close to a deal for days.

Kike Hernandez’s role in Boston will be similar to what Brock Holt’s role was, considering Hernandez has appeared at every position, except catcher. That also includes pitcher, where he pitched 1/3 of an inning in 2018 in Philadelphia, in an 18 inning game in which Hernandez would allow a walk-off home run. That game I was lucky enough to actually be in attendance for, but left in the 13th inning.

Hernandez has spent the last six years with the Dodgers, serving as mainly a second baseman but used often in the outfield as well. The Red Sox will probably use him in a very similar way. He’ll be Boston’s top option at second base, while being able to back up Xander Bogaerts at SS if needed. And being able to suit up in any of the three outfield positions.

Hernandez has a career slashline of .240/.313/.738, which is average at best. A career 99 wRC+, and a .315 wOBA, which is also average at best. In 2020 he slashed .230/.270/.410, with an 83 wRC+, and a .290 wOBA. He had 5 homers in 48 games and helped the Dodgers win their first World Series in 30 years. Hernandez is much better against lefty pitching, a career .263 hitter against lefties with a .820 OPS. Compared to a .222 average with a .673 OPS against righties.

Kike has been average as well over the course of his career defensively. Although 2020 was a bit of a down year for him.

Hernandez is also a familiar foe to Manager Alex Cora. Cora selected him to take part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, on Team Puerto Rico, the team Cora managed. Hernandez was also teammates with Alex Verdugo in 2018 before Verdugo was traded to the Red Sox.

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