ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Indians and infielder César Hernández have reached an agreement on a one-year, $6.25 million contract.
Hernández, 29, had spent his entire professional career with the Phillies before being non-tendered earlier this month. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he hit .277/.352/.381. Per 600 plate appearances, Hernandez averaged eight home runs, 46 RBI, 74 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. Hernández’s defense has been inconsistent through the years, but both Baseball Reference and FanGraphs list him as being an above-average defender this past season.
In Cleveland, the switch-hitting Hernández should open the season as the Indians’ full-time second baseman and bat near the top of the lineup, likely second.