Dodgers: Predicting which free agents return in 2021

Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Predicting 2021 Dodgers Free Agents: Kiké Hernandez

Prediction: Signs with a new team

It would be tough to see Kiké Hernandez walk this offseason, but the young infielder will probably look to find a more permanent role somewhere else as it becomes more difficult for him to find at-bats in the Dodgers lineup.

With the emergence of Gavin Lux and the addition of Mookie Betts, it’s difficult to identify obvious positions where Hernandez would find playing time. Of course, if Lux falters or Betts leaves in free agency, that opens the door for Hernandez. Perhaps an injury occurs. Anything can happen. But on face value, assuming Lux and Betts remain with the team long-term, only a bench role would remain for Hernandez.

The 28-year-old utility player has played in at least 130 games for three consecutive seasons with the Dodgers. His best season coming in 2018, splitting his time between center field and second base, when he batted .256/.336/.470 with a career-high 21 home runs and 67 RBIs.

His production dropped a bit last season, so Hernandez is hoping he can prove his long-term value during the 2020 season before hitting the open market.

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