A super-utility man who can play all over the field, Dodgers fans will always remember Enrique Hernandez, or Kike, for his performance in the 2017 National League Championship Series. In Game 5, he hit an NLCS record three home runs, including a grand slam, to put the Dodgers in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
Having accumulated five years of service, Hernandez will be eligible for free agency after this season. He is due to make $5.9 million in 2020. It’s debatable whether the Dodgers would look to bring him back, after a shortened season or not one at all.
With Matt Beaty offering similar versatility, although left-handed, an awkward fit to balance a lefty-heavy lineup, he is younger, and under team control for five more years. He is a more cost effective utility player than Hernandez, and the team can always find another right-handed bat to come off the bench.
In five years with the Dodgers, Hernandez slashed .240/.316/.427, adding up to an OPS around league average. He is another long-tenured Dodger who could have played his last game in Los Angeles without knowing it.