The White Sox have announced a deal to acquire second baseman Cesar Hernandez from Cleveland. The White Sox have had a need for a second baseman since Nick Madrigal‘s season-ending injury. The Cleveland Indians will receive left-handed pitcher Konnor Pilkington.
Hernandez, 31, is hitting .231/.307/.431 with 18 home runs this season. Hernandez is currently tied with White Sox’s first baseman José Abreu in home runs for the season. The White Sox have struggled offensively since the All-Star Break, so this acquisition is beneficial for the first-place team.
The White Sox also announced roster moves to find a spot for Hernandez on the 40-man roster. The White Sox released right-handed pitcher Tyler Johnson. Unfortunately, it seems as though Johnson found out post-surgery.
What Was Gained?
As mentioned, Hernandez is tied with Abreu’s 18 home runs, leading the team. Hernandez also has 47 RBIs, ranking directly behind Abreu. Hernandez has been consistent this season, and often a pest against the White Sox defense. Hernandez is also a great fielder, winning the Gold Glove last season. As a switch-hitter, he is known for making great contact. This is a great pickup for the White Sox as they are currently 8.5 games up in their division and will likely be postseason contenders. Hernandez has a $6M option for 2022, but likely won’t be needed upon Madrigal’s return.
What Was Lost?
Konnor Pilkington was a third-round pick in 2018 and currently leads the Double-A South League is lowest average against (.173) and WHIP (0.92). However, Pilkington is not ranked among the top White Sox prospects. He is 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 14 starts for the Birmingham Barons this season. Pilkington has 71 strikeouts, and 21 walks in 62 innings.
What Is Still Needed?
The Hernandez trade fills one small hole within the White Sox roster. Leury García can now be a utility player and Danny Mendick can possibly be optioned to Charlotte. Hopefully, Rick Hahn will stay on the phone today in search of a better bullpen.
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