It’s been a long road back to the majors for a Red Sox infielder, but could his true value be on another team?
Before multiple shoulder injuries and surgeries, Marco Hernandez was proving to be a valuable asset for the Boston Red Sox. Between filling in for injured Dustin Pedroia and providing a lift a third base, Hernandez was playing various infield positions and flashing a bat that could produce at the Major League level.
Times have changed for the Red Sox, as they have a long-term third baseman in Rafael Devers and a plethora of depth at second base between Michael Chavis, Pedroia, Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez. Regardless, a once valuable piece of the puzzle, may still prove to be beneficial for the defending World Series champions.
It’s extremely clear that the Red Sox will pursue bullpen help at some point this season, whether that be via internal promotions or trades. Despite strong overall numbers, there are plenty of spots that are open for discussion – specifically regarding Tyler Thornburg, Colten Brewer, Ryan Weber, and Hector Velazquez. Each of the aforementioned relievers have had moments of brilliance, and other moments that leave spectators scratching their heads.
Additionally, the Red Sox should be hesitant to part with an upper-tiered prospect for bullpen help. Marco Hernandez may be the key to acquiring a veteran reliever at a less-expensive cost. He’s posted a .299 batting average this season and possesses valued positional flexibility that may peak a team’s interest. While others may point to his injury history, Hernandez is only 26 and is under team control until 2022 – all valuable traits to an inquiring team.
As of now, there’s no room for Hernandez on the active roster, but he could still prove to be valuable for the Boston Red Sox. Unless Eduardo Nunez gets released, or injuries continue, it’s likely that the utility man’s value could be be found as an acquisition. His current market value is highly unknown, but it’s plausible that he could be used as a piece of a trade for an established reliever.
Regardless, it’s great to see Marco Hernandez back on the diamond.