We have a trade! That's it. It's just a trade. Goods were exchanged. And in this instance, the cash that swapped hands was more recognizable than the player that changed places. Sounds about right when you're talking about a deal between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics.
On Thursday, the A's traded infielder Yonny Hernandez to the Dodgers. He'll be added to the 40-man roster and now just one spot remains.
Hernandez is a switch-hitter who spent the beginning most his career with the Texans Rangers from 2015-2022. Then, right before Opening Day and after logging one game at Triple-A Round Rock, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a minor league outfielder.
The 24-year-old has a ton of experience at second base and shortstop, while also logging reps at third base and left field. Most of his work has come in the minors, though. He has just 55 games of MLB experience and he's yet to do much of anything.
The Rangers actually gave him a chance in 2021, playing him in 43 games. He started 26 at third base, eight at second base, and four at shortstop. But he hit just .217 with a .567 OPS and that was pretty much it for him.
The Dodgers acquired Yonny Hernandez in a trade with the Athletics
As for Hernandez's role on the 2023 Dodgers? Expect him to be stashed at Triple-A and be brought up when the Dodgers need some infield help, especially up the middle, since that situation is far from set in stone. Additionally, all of Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy have dealt with injury issues last year, so there's that variable to keep an eye on.
Hernandez hasn't had an impressive minor-league career, but his skill set certainly helps his longevity in regard to getting opportunities. He can defend at multiple positions and possesses a ton of speed (21 triples and 184 stolen bases in 531 games).
This doesn't help the Dodgers' depth, however, which currently consists of Austin Barnes and a bunch of rookies with little to no MLB experience. Andrew Friedman and the front office have done nothing but light lifting so far, and that might be the case for the remainder of the offseason, but can we get something in between a blockbuster and a Noah Syndergaard signing?
Feel like that's owed to the fans after all that's been lost coupled with the fact 2023 seems more and more like a lost season.