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Red Sox Notebook: Hernandez hoping to stay put at 2B; spring training games to include limited fans

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Kiké Hernandez established himself as one of the most versatile players in the game the last few seasons, playing seven different positions on the field. That ability to move around and help out as both an infielder and outfielder is what made him attractive enough for the Red Sox to sign him to a two-year, $14 million deal two weeks ago, a deal that was finally made official Tuesday.

But there's a part of Hernandez that would like to settle down on the field, too. Second base is wide open for the Sox, and Hernandez would like to claim it for himself.

"That's the goal for me. The goal for me is to come in and be the everyday second baseman,'' said Hernandez in a Zoom call with reporters. "But I also understand how valuable it for me to be able to move around and play above-average defense at multiple positions. But they said I was going to get a lot of playing time at second and get some reps in center, probably a little bit of corner outfield, maybe and give Xander (Bogaerts) some days (off) at short, and, who knows, maybe a little bit at first or third if needed.

"But the plan is to come in and try to establish myself at second base. But I'm always open to move around. It keeps it fun for me. I enjoy moving around. I've gotten used to it the last seven years. I'm really looking forward to whatever my role is. As long as I can be in that lineup every day, I really don't care what position I'm playing.''