Dodgers Free Agent Who Will Return: Kiké Hernández
Not much in terms of player acquisition went right for the Dodgers -- including the trade deadline, which was viewed as a buy-low rejuvenizing coup at the time.
Amed Rosario parlayed an intriguing few weeks into a spot at home in October. Lynn's journey was well-covered above. Ryan Yarbrough was left off the roster, too. But Kiké Hernández did exactly what he pledged to, short of bringing Justin Turner back from Boston with him.
After posting a limp .599 OPS with the Red Sox, who pressed him into nonsensical full-time shortstop duty, Hernández recovered to earn a good degree of October playing time by posting a .262 average with a .731 OPS in Los Angeles in the second half. He may not be the star he appeared to be in Boston in 2021 after receiving a full-fledged opportunity, but he's an excellent fourth outfielder/100-game starter-type.
He got the chance to prove that he could be something more in Beantown, then returned to Dodger Blue when the going got rough. There's no reason for the Dodgers to let a piece of their winning culture go once again.