3 shortstop trade targets Dodgers need to begin exploring as soon as possible
By Tim Boyle
1. Dodgers shortstop trade target: Enrique Hernández
This might be the most romantic choice of all. It’s also the toughest to pry away, because of how important Enrique Hernández is to the Boston Red Sox right now. Although he has slumped for a good part of the early 2023 season, the team has needed him as their primary shortstop to begin the year.
Dodgers fans know how important Hernández was to their franchise. He’s doing similar things in Boston. He has spent the last two seasons with the Red Sox playing mostly center field. The injury to Trevor Story and loss of Xander Bogaerts in free agency have forced them to roll with Hernández as their primary shortstop in the interim.
Hernández’s Red Sox numbers are similar enough to what he did with the Dodgers. He won’t always hit amazingly well, but he does have occasional pop. Hernández is a good locker room presence and, if nothing else, a fun player to watch.
The Dodgers will need to wait on this one a little while. The Red Sox are playing good enough baseball to convince themselves they have a chance. Hernández is a free agent after this season. Once they do fall out of the race, Hernández should be one of the main players they shop around.