The Mets have a hole at second base that they need to fill before the season starts. Could the missing piece be in Philadelphia?
A new report from Jon Heyman at FanRag Sports has the Mets at least a little bit interested in the Phillies’ young second baseman, Cesar Hernandez. The team has been linked to a few players over the past few weeks including the possibility of a reunion with Neil Walker, a trade for Dee Gordon, and even Ian Kinsler.
This is the first time we’re hearing Hernandez’s name out there in the rumor mill, but it’s possible a deal could get done between the two National League East rivals.
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The 27-year-old Hernandez is entering his fifth full-time season with Philadelphia in 2018. He was a pretty good offensive player in 2017 even though he doesn’t hit much for power. Last season, Hernandez hit for a .294 average, with a .373 on-base percentage, and a .421 slugging percentage. He only hit nine home runs all season, so he won’t necessarily be the big bat the Mets are looking to land.
Hernandez would help in the speed department though. He’s swiped at least 15 bags in the last three seasons, so he would likely work as a top of the order guy in any lineup.
What could Philadelphia want in return for Cesar Hernandez? Well, as our friends over at That Ball’s Outta Here point out, the Phillies need some pitching depth, and they could be looking to buy in to some pieces that haven’t quite made it to the big leagues yet in New York.
Personally, I’m not a fan of non-power producing second basemen overall, but if we’re going to go that route, I really would prefer the front office try their best to land a guy like Dee Gordon instead. His defense and speed are better than Hernandez’s, so he would be my pick instead. Obviously, Gordon would be more expensive, but at some point the Mets are going to have to spend some resources to put a good team out there.