When the Red Sox traded left-handed pitcher Felix Doubrant to the Chicago Cubs in 2014 for a PTBNL they received minor league infielder, Marco Hernandez.

Hernandez was a little-known prospect with the Cubs and remained so upon his arrival to the Red Sox and split his 2015 season between two minor league levels of AA & AAA. Hernandez flashed decent skills for a middle infielder including a decent bat while playing multiple infield positions.

He then made his MLB debut in 2016 and once again made a cameo in 2017 where he played in 21 games prior to injuring his shoulder in an early May game and undergoing season-ending surgery.

He is reportedly healthy and will be ready to report when the Red Sox begin Spring Training in February.

When Dustin Pedroia underwent knee surgery and thus eliminating him from playing until at least late May or early June of 2018, it opened a hole at second base where Pedroia has held down that spot since his arrival in 2007.

Dave Dombrowski recently spoke very highly about him and the possibility that he could be the starting second baseman when the season starts on March 28th in Tampa Bay.

 “We do like Marco Hernandez a lot,” Dombrowski said. “We think he’s a really good player. And all you have to do is come to the meetings to know that other organizations think he’s a good player too.” – Chad Jennings / Boston Herald

Unless the Red Sox acquire a different second baseman, it is likely that Hernandez could be the starting second baseman on Opening Day.