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McAdam: Red Sox improve their versatility with signing of Kiké Hernandez

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It may not constitute a huge signing or a big investment, but the Red Sox added to their roster Friday, agreeing to a two-year deal with infielder Enrique "Kiké" Hernandez worth $14 million, according to an industry source.

Hernandez, 29, had spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Originally drafted by the Houston Astros, he was traded to the Miami Marlins in 2014, and later that same year, dealt to the Dodgers.

In parts of seven seasons, Hernandez has slashed .240/.313/.425. His best season came in 2018 when he batted .256 with 21 homers and 52 RBI with an OPS of .806. That October, he was part of a Dodgers team which fell to the Red Sox in the World Series. Hernandez was 2-for-15 with a homer in that Series.

In 2020, Hernandez slashed .230/.270/.410 with five homers and 20 RBI in 48 games for the Dodgers, who went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays to win the franchise's first World Series in 32 years.

Hernandez has been mostly a role player with the Dodgers, never accumulating more than 414 at-bats in any one season. He's made double-digit starts at seven different positions (everywhere but catcher and pitcher).

The Sox had been seeking a player with some versatility and were reported to be in the bidding for Jurickson Profar, who agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the San Diego Padres Thursday night.

Hernandez is familiar to manager Alex Cora, who, as GM of Team Puerto Rico, selected him to take part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Hernandez is the fourth major league free agent signed by the Sox this winter, following pitchers Martin Perez and Matt Andriese and outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

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