The Purple Sox have already added one right-handed hitting outfielder to date this offseason, however it seems they’re wanting so as to add one other.
Boston is fascinated about signing veteran outfielder Teoscar Hernández, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported. The report didn’t point out how critical the Purple Sox’ curiosity is or if the 2 sides have had legit contract discussions.
Hernández entered the offseason as arguably one of many prime hitters in a comparatively lackluster free-agent marketplace for place gamers. The 31-year-old is coming off a down season, at the very least for his requirements, on the plate in his first yr with the Mariners. He slashed .258/.305/.435, posting his worst slugging share and OPS since his first season within the majors.
Nonetheless, Hernández has confirmed to be a dependable energy hitter for a lot of his profession. He nonetheless hit 26 homers final yr, marking the fourth straight yr he’s hit at the very least 25 homers in a season outdoors of 2020. He additionally posted 93 RBIs with the Mariners.
Previous to becoming a member of the Mariners in 2023, Hernández emerged as one of many outfielders within the American League throughout his time with the Blue Jays. In his remaining 4 seasons in Toronto, Hernández slashed .270/.326/.507 with 99 homers, 292 RBIs, and a 125 OPS+ over 449 video games.
The Purple Sox had been no strangers to how properly Hernández hit the ball throughout that span, particularly in video games at Fenway Park. He’s slashed .282/.344/.606 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in simply 45 profession video games at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.
Boston’s curiosity in including one other outfielder is perhaps peculiar. It already has six outfielders on its 40-man roster after buying and selling for Tyler O’Neill earlier within the month, presumably having on a regular basis choices in O’Neill and Masataka Yoshida.
However the Purple Sox nonetheless have a notable want for right-handed hitting. Their two greatest right-handed hitters from 2023 – Justin Turner and Adam Duvall – are at the moment free brokers and signing Hernández would give them positional flexibility. He’s principally performed proper discipline the final two seasons, which may make him an Alex Verdugo substitute and slot O’Neill as their beginning middle fielder with Yoshida in left discipline. However the Purple Sox may decide to present Yoshida extra time as their designated hitter, which might open up extra enjoying time for Jarren Duran or Wilyer Abreu in left discipline.
Moreover, signing Hernández may permit the Purple Sox to play Ceddanne Rafaela extra at second base. Rafaela, who’s ranked as one of many Purple Sox’ prime prospects, principally performed middle discipline throughout his transient stint within the majors in September, however he spent a substantial period of time within the center infield spots within the minors.
The Purple Sox may additionally get actually inventive in the event that they signal Hernández. As they nonetheless haven’t made any additions to their beginning rotation this offseason, they may presumably embody at the very least one of many younger outfielders (Abreu, Duran, Rafaela) in a commerce package deal to amass a beginning pitcher.
Clearly, loads of dominoes nonetheless must fall as a lot of the baseball world waited on the free-agent selections of Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, with the latter becoming a member of the previous on the Dodgers on Thursday. However a attainable deal for Hernández could possibly be the primary of some dominoes for the Purple Sox this offseason.
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