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Dodgers: Kiké Hernandez Talks About Potential Last Rodeo With Team

If this is Kiké’s last year in Los Angeles, what a wild ride it’s been.



Any Dodgers fan knows that Kiké Hernandez brings a level of fun to the game unlike any other players. Since his arrival to the team in 2015, his antics on the field have kept everyone loose and ready to play from day one. 

And now here we are, five years later and possibly looking at his last year with the Dodgers. Kiké is set to hit free agent following the 2020 season and there is a wide belief that he will have to test the free agency market. He talked about the possibility of free agency with media on Wednesday.

I’m not gonna lie, there’s been a comment here and there. At the same time, nothing in this life is guaranteed and right now the only thing we’re guaranteed is this season that’s ahead of us. I think all of us at the end though, free agency could be in the back of our minds or whatever…I think we’re all very focused on what we want to accomplish this year and what the goal for us as a unit is. 

Kiké will have to take advantage of every at-bat he gets in 2020 given it’s a shortened season. The Dodgers adding Mookie Betts to their pool of talent makes it that much harder for him to get regular playing time. But if he wants to earn a big contract, this year will be a defining one for him. Kiké even talked about that being motivation for him playing this year in the middle of a pandemic. 

For me personally, maybe if it was any other year, I would have thought I would’ve considered the thought of opting out. But when you’re a free agent I don’t think you get that commodity of sitting back and choosing to delay free agency one year. I think free agency is something everyone works towards their entire life. 

If this indeed Kiké’s last season with the Dodgers, what a wild ride it has been. We’ll never forget his three home runs in the 2017 NLCS to send the Dodgers to the World Series, and we’ll never forget his time as banana man. Now, let’s go get us a championship.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Kike has been a solid player for us since he arrived. Elite fielder, but has never shown the consistency to play every day as a batter. Sad that the times he has had a chance to crack the lineup as a full time starter he hasn’t capitalized. That, plus the fact that he is a high level fielder at several positions, I think he would be best served to hit the free agent market. He could probably fetch a solid 3 – 4 year deal with 4 or 5 different teams. Not sure our GM would ante up to the market level. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner will be our priorities. I would sure like to see him back.

  2. kaki is as important to the dodgers as many players that have bigger contracts,such as a.j. pollack,he out playes him any day of the week. he can play any spot on the field ,but catcher. how many players do the dodgers have that can do that. better sign him .

  3. looking good joc love your hair. As usuall your the best. glad I have the old jersey. its always good too stay original. the best this season. different no crowds. but we can imagine them. fan joanie thank you for all.

  4. Kiké has always had the “potential” before Max Muncy exploded onto the scene I thought going into spring trading a couple years back that 2b was Kike’s to lose. Now he gets another chance to be on a championship team and fill in as needed. I do wish Kiké the very best and maybe he will be able to stay for a few more years.

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