Is Enrique Hernandez the next Dodger traded?
The current LAD front office has made a habit of trading players they traded for in the first place. With Chris Taylor hitting like a healthy Cory Seager, Charlie Culberson showing that he’ll never embarrass you no matter where you play him, and Darnell Sweeney displaying his versatility, this may leave Enrique Hernandez on the outside looking in.
A year ago Hernandez was looking more like a backup outfielder than an infielder. This year he’s being looked at more as an infielder because the Dodgers have Puig/Joc/Ethier/Toles/Thompson/SVS/Gutierrez battling for outfield spots.
With Chase Utley already on the roster and offering backup for 2nd / 3rd the Dodgers only have room for another utility infielder. One who can play SS and bats right handed.
This is what Hernandez offers.
- He can play 2nd/SS/Of
- At one time he could pound LHP
- He has speed
This is what his competition offers:
- Taylor – can play 2nd/SS and has now taken reps inhttp://www.truebluela.com/ CF. Bats right handed and is impressing everyone this spring with his new batting approach, and a healthy arm.
- Culberson – can play 2nd/SS/3rd has never taken reps in the outfield but does anyone doubt that Culberson would be just fine in the outfield? Bats right handed
- Sweeney – can play 2nd/S/Of and is a switch hitter. Eric Stephen reports that Sweeney is impressing this spring.
Hernandez is not exactly a hot trading chip, but it would free a spot on the 40 man roster assuming they traded for a player they don’t have to put on the 40 man roster. He has value, it just seems that Chris Taylor has made him redundant.
Dodgers traded by this front office that they traded for in the first place: