Goodbye (Again) to Longtime Dodgers
Hernández is a beloved Dodger and came over at the trade deadline with Rosario, similarly providing a surge and leading to an historic month of August for the Dodgers. Friedman was once again a wizard and all was right in the world with Hernández back home.
Though Kiké ended up besting his numbers in 86 games with the Red Sox in just 54 with LA, were his .262 average, .731 OPS, 5 homers and 30 RBI in 185 at-bats enough to secure a spot on the bench for 2024? If the Dodgers quickly tossed him aside after his 2020 contributions, why would we think they'd be in a rush to keep him around for 2024?
When you realize Gavin Lux, Jason Heyward and Miguel Vargas will be in the picture next year, in addition to decisions having to be made on Michael Busch, Jorbit Vivas, Jonny DeLuca and Andy Pages, it seems Hernández is on the outskirts of all that. He doesn't feel like a priority right now. We could be wrong, but we'd bet the Dodgers look to further shake things up with their clubhouse after another disappointing exit.
Even before he was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence, it felt as if Julio Urías would be leaving the Dodgers in free agency, especially with the way Scott Boras has treated the whole thing. Then, there was hope for a moment, because Urías' inconsistent play in a contract year might've driven the price down and kept him in LA.
But then his alleged actions ruined his entire career, let alone his future with the Dodgers. Urías was placed on administrative leave after being released on $50,000 bail, and being that this is the second time he's been connected to a domestic violence issue, our gut says we won't be seeing him in MLB for a very long time.