Cesar Hernandez Cleveland Indians

Age: 30 (May 23, 1990) | 5' 10" | 160lbs. | Bats: Both 2B-157 PH-7
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
PHI NL 2016 155 547 67 161 66 116 14 11 6 39 17 13 .294 .371 .393 11 19 .363 55/24/21 19 19
PHI A+ 2017 4 7 2 1 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143 .647 .143 53 12 .200 n/a
PHI NL 2017 128 511 85 150 61 104 26 6 9 34 15 5 .294 .373 .421 11 18 .353 53/23/25 19 20
PHI NL 2018 161 605 91 153 95 155 15 3 15 60 19 6 .253 .356 .362 13 22 .315 46/21/34 21 21
PHI NL 2019 161 612 77 171 45 100 31 3 14 71 9 2 .279 .333 .408 7 15 .313 49/23/29 20 19
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
Career 7yrs 832 2915 407 807 325 620 113 27 46 253 80 35 .277 .352 .381 10 19 .337 n/a
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Perhaps it's time where a player needs to think about his value added to the franchise in ways other than his WAR.  If I were an agent of a mid-tier guy these days I'd be pushing him to keep his image clean, to get out into the community and be involved in charities and community service, and to work hard on and off the field at being a fan favorite.

Would Hernandez help the Phillies win any more games this year over some other guy they can sign for $11 mil?  Very likely not.  Would he have brought any more fans through the turnstiles, or sold more jerseys, if he were still a Philly?  I have no idea.  But the Phillies apparently didn't think so.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Dec 24 '19

And sort of a stars and scrubs plan as well. Arbitration works for both sides if the player is strong and deserves to be paid. But in a position such as 2nd where choices are many and GM can save some bucks  what’s unreasonable about making the guy a free agent and let the market decide how much he’s worth. I wouldn't pay Cesar 11 plus million. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Dec 24 '19

Seadogs in the archive says his projected salary in arbitration was $11.1 million. His salary last year was $7.75 million.

The owners' strategy of flooding the market with free agents instead of going to arbitration is paying off in the untold millions.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 24 '19

Cheaper guys were sitting out there to play second for Cleveland. My hope that this signing signals the Indians will buy or trade for two more guys to fill the three corner OF/DH spots. With Reyes, the team has one. Luplow is the RH stick in a platoon. That leaves 1 1/2 starting positions open. Deshields is a 4th OF, Allen is a second 4th OF, Bauer, with an option, has yet to show he can hit in the majors, Naquin is out until ??? Zimmer, who knows?

Last spring the Indians were awful at the start, with less than replacement level minor league guys in the starting lineup. The signing of Cesar Hernandez at more than $6 million, even for only one year, seems to indicate there are millions yet to spend. Ever hopeful in Cleveland.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Dec 24 '19
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 2.2 Bat 0 Field -3 Run 0 HR/FB 10% Pull 40% Hard 24% IFFB 5%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 1.7 Bat -7 Field -1 Run 2 HR/FB 10% Pull 38% Hard 33% IFFB 13%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19