The A’s announced they have traded infielder Yonny Hernandez to the Dodgers for cash considerations. Hernandez was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Hernandez, 25 in May, is a low-power, high-contact player. He has 55 games of MLB experience, including 43 with the Rangers last year and 12 with the Diamondbacks in 2022. He has a tepid .198/.293/.228 batting line in that time, but his 9.8% walk rate and 18.6% strikeout rate are both better than league average.
He spent most of 2022 in the minors, getting into 71 Triple-A games. He hit .241/.349/.324 in that time, walking in 11.7% of his plate appearances while striking out just 15.8% of the time. He also stole 30 bases, along with two more in the big leagues, something that is quite common for him. With the new rules in 2023 that encourage base stealing, that part of his game could become more valuable.
Hernandez brings a fair bit of defensive versatility to the table, having played the three infield positions to the left of first base, as well as left and center field. He only has five minor league home runs in his career and none in the majors, but he has a good eye at the plate and can move around the field. He also still has a pair of option years remaining, allowing the Dodgers to keep him in the minors if they so choose.
The A’s claimed him off waivers from the Diamondbacks in November but designated him for assignment when they made their signings of Jace Peterson and Aledmys Díaz official. The Dodgers’ infield took a few hits in recent months when Trea Turner and Hanser Alberto hit free agency, they declined their club option on Justin Turner and non-tendered Edwin Ríos. Hernandez will give them a versatile depth option as they build out their roster for the coming season.
Looking forward to the day Yonny inevitably becomes a 5-tool talent with the Dodgers.
Inevitable AAA filler.
It was a joke, he’s always had 20 FV power.
those cash considerations can be of real interest to a’s fans (both of them!)
Can you make a new funny joke? I think no because you’re just as pathetic and cheap as the A’s owner!
He better hit up Harbor Freight to buy the 4 he’s missing.
You should see his brother,….Yimmy ! 🙂
Ya, you betcha!
Yust jesterday an Athletic, today a Dodger.
One of those utility glove first players every team has in the minors. So what does the Dodgers see in him?
OBP machine but absolutely no power.
A big, strong, strapping young lad.
Next Max Muncy.
Overweight & overrated prima donna?
Such a nothing move. Rather them get Jeter Downs back than this.
Another Hansel Alberto whom I didn’t care for.
amjr, nowhere else can you find a better & cheaper utility man/relief pitcher/3B coach as Hanser!
Perfect replacement for Turner. Well done Friedman, I guess now they’re officially out on Swanson.
Bullpen catcher fill in?
Part of a future package deal to the Pirates, who apparently will take anyone who can play middle infield
Can he throw a slider?
They just bought him to feed Clayton Kershaw in April.
Because he eats up hitters. Ya see. Hitters.
I like this better than Shelby Miller or Craig Kimbrel.
It has the makings of a payroll reset to duck under the CBT for 23.
AAA/ML:B taxi squad needs filling. Those K/BB numbers are good building blocks though..
Thought his name was Laurel Hernandez.
C-Daddy comes through with the best comment.
Yay! Dodgers got their new Shortstop!
Dodgers have a record of turning nothing burgers into filet mignon, but their most recent signings are really pushing the envelope. Clearly they’re resetting the luxury tax. I’d like to think the strategy here is letting the Mets, Yankees, and Padres blow all their money this winter so there will be no franchises to drive up Ohtani’s market either at the deadline or next winter.
And also a record of turning nothing burgers into nothing burgers.
Ok. This just makes zero sense. With him taking the roster to 39. With no one below him on the value list. With more than one roster spot needed for signings and maybe trades. This guy is gone in weeks. No way he lasts the off-season unless the Dodgers trade multiple players off the 40 man this off-season.
Anyone have any real theories as to why?
Is is a plot by SPECTRE to lure James Bond to a Dodgers game.
I think they’re positioning themselves to either acquire Ohtani next year at the deadline and extending him like they did with Betts, or they intend to land him as a FA signing, and they won’t have much competition because the other big market teams are blowing all their money this winter. That’s my theory.
World Series, here we come!
Pre-CoVid Yonny played for the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League which I think is around the AA/AAA level? I only once really remember him hitting it out of the infield. If he got on base though he had some wheels.