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Dodgers: The Mets Have Been in ‘Pretty Strong’ on Kiké Hernandez

Another potential landing spot for Kiké.



It’s only a matter of time now before some other MLB team comes along and scoops up Kiké Hernandez. The Dodgers long-time super-utilityman has already drawn the attention of several organizations and is sure to command a decent contract in his first journey into free agency. 

The most recent reports from around the league had been that Herandez was likely further along in his free agency decision than most infielders. This coming on the heels of the Yankees signing DJ LeMahieu to a 6-year deal, which should get the ball rolling on the market. The Dodgers have yet to be one of the teams rumored to be in on him. 

But the New York Mets are one of the teams reported to have a strong interest in Kiké, per Jon Heyman. This was before the Mets had to fire their General Manager for sexual misconduct that came to light on Monday evening. While it’s unclear if that changes anything with the Mets, it does make a return to the Dodgers seem almost impossible. 

The Dodgers don’t have the roster space or resources to give Hernandez what he wants over the course of a season. He has already said that he would like 500+ plate appearances, meaning he wants to be an every day starter. As such, you would expect him to want the money that goes along with that. LA could easily give him that money, but it just doesn’t make sense on paper. 

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Until now, the Red Sox were the only team that was publicly reported to have been in on Hernandez. There are sure to be others though, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Mets scoop him up. After trading for countryman Francisco Lindor, Hernandez might be drawn to the bright lights of Queens. 

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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. Kiké had every opportunity to be a Dodgers regular, but his all-or-nothing, pull conscious offensive approach made him a utility player, platooning against LH pitching. A very talented player who has wasted his opportunities and cost him a lot of money.

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