Kike Hernandez, OF/INF
This is the least likely move out of all the previous names. But it needs to be said that Hernandez is emerging as a serious asset for the Dodgers, both on the club and as a trade chip for other teams.
Hernandez is the Dodgers super utility guy on their roster and could play virtually anywhere. With the recent emergence of Chris Taylor, it will be up to the front office if they would be willing to offer Kike’s role to Taylor moving forward. This again, like most the problems the Dodgers have, is a good problem for Andrew Friedman to have.
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While I think Taylor has done enough as a hitter to stay with the big leagues club, Taylor’s defense leaves a lot to be desired for the Dodgers to make that large of a commitment to him. Not to mention Hernandez has had a nice start to a bounce back 2017 season. So I think there’s reason to believe that he has some solid value on the market.
But again, I don’t see this happening. But if it did, one reason why it may be an option for Freidman is because after this season Hernandez will be eligible for arbitration. Although he hasn’t set the world on fire, he’s been reliable and could demand some real money between the 6M to 9M range.
I could see Kike’s name come up in rumors if the Dodgers are trying to land a big trade. A deal that would consist of trading MLB ready talent for big name players who are on noncontending teams. A trade along the line of Trayce Thompson, Kike Hernandez, and a prospects or two for the service of Ryan Braun or Jose Quintana.
But even so, I wouldn’t get too crazy about including Kike in trade rumors even with a big trade looming. I see Hernandez as a contributing aspect to a championship club. Not everyone on the roster needs to be able to mash 30 home runs or hit .320. But every team could use a personality that keeps the team interested in the long season, and that’s what Hernandez is to the Dodgers.