August 4, 2021

Indians Interested In Cesar Hernandez (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Indians are known to be looking for infield help this offseason, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter) that Cleveland is one of the clubs with interest with the recently non-tendered Cesar Hernandez.  The Phillies elected to cut Hernandez loose earlier this month rather than pay him a projected $11.8MM salary through the arbitration process.

As a Super Two player, Hernandez has already scored some nice paydays (totaling $15.4MM) over his first three arb years.  However, his price tag simply got too large for the Phillies’ liking after his second consecutive year of subpar offense.  A broken foot in the second half of the 2018 season was seemingly the root cause of Hernandez’s issues in that year, though his struggles continued in 2019, as he hit .279/.333/.408 with 14 homers over 667 plate appearances.  It worked out to only a 92 wRC+/91 OPS+ in terms of offensive production, while his .303 xwOBA put him in the bottom 18th percent of all batters.

Even in his…

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