The White Sox might need some help at second base and Ceeeesar Hernandez could be a solid addition if the price is right for both sides.
The Winter Meetings have started which means teams are looking to either rebuild, fill in missing pieces, or enter the trade market. On December 2nd, the Philadelphia Phillies decided to let loose of second baseman Cesar Hernandez. He had a much more productive than lackluster performance last season and there could be a major upside to taking a chance on him. He could be a good infield signing for the Chicago White Sox.
It’s obvious that the pitchers are the hot targets of this free agency but there are some good bats that are flying under the radar. For example, Hernández is a guy who did great for the Phillies when they needed a reliable hitter. He hit .279/.333/.408 last season with the Phillies and an OPS of .707 with runners in scoring position. An underrated aspect of Hernández’s game is his ability to be patient at the plate. He had a career-high of 95 walks in 2018 and 45 last year.
The Phillies were not the only ball club to let a second baseman go. The Chicago White Sox parted ways with Yolmer Sanchez which should make Hernández even more appealing. Without the 2019 Gold Glove winner, the Chicago White Sox will need a strong defensive infielder and Hernández could be that guy. He had a .981 fielding percentage last year and one of the guys above him was Sanchez with a .987 fielding percentage.
Offensively, The main difference between the two-second basemen is Sanchez’s at-bat performance. Last season, He had an OPS of .638 and Hernández had an OPS of .741. This acquisition would also be an upgrade in all-around player ability. Sanchez has had a lot of solid outings with the Chicago White Sox and he was a versatile defensive player in the outfield. With that being said, signing Hernández would bring that all-around defensive player back to the Chicago White Sox because he has played third base, shortstop, and in the outfield. It would also bring another proficient hitter to the organization.