Two years ago, Cesar Hernandez hit a career-high 21 homers. The year before that, he led the AL in doubles and won a Gold Glove at second base. All while playing in the AL Central.
This year, he's coming to spring training with the Tigers. Detroit has reportedly signed Hernandez to a minor-league deal, worth $1.5 million if he makes the big-league roster.
Hernandez, 32, could factor into the Tigers' infield if he plays well in camp, specifically at third base where Detroit doesn't have an obvious starter. He's a switch-hitter with defensive versatility and 10 years of big-league experience, including with the Indians and White Sox from 2020-21.
Then again, Hernandez is coming off arguably the worst season of his career. After signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Nationals, he homered once in 617 plate appearances and had the third lowest slugging percentage (.318) in the majors. He also posted below-average defensive numbers.
Still, Hernandez isn't far removed from being a solid big-league player. If he returns to form in 2023, he could be a worthwhile add for the Tigers.
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