Phillies: 24 Departed Players from 2019 Major League Roster
INF Cesar Hernandez (Indians)
- Philadelphia Phillies (2013-19)
- Cleveland Indians (2020 – Present)
Just as weird as it will be not seeing Maikel Franco on the Phillies’ roster in 2020, it will be equally the same for Cesar Hernandez, who was the team’s longest-tenured player.
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Across seven seasons and 832 games with the Phillies from 2013 to 2019, Hernandez slashed .277/.352/.381 with 113 doubles, 46 home runs, 253 RBI, 80 stolen bases, 325 walks and 620 strikeouts. In 2016, Hernandez led the National League in triples (11), defensive games as a second baseman (149), and double plays turned as a second baseman (102). His 95 walks in 2018 were the fifth-most in the National League, however he committed the most errors among second baseman in the field (12) that year.
The Phillies are moving on from Hernandez and Franco, replacing them with Didi Gregorius at short, Jean Segura at second and likely Alec Bohm and/or Scott Kingery at the hot corner.
In December, the Indians inked Hernandez to a one-year, $6.25 million contract, resulting in Eric Haase being designated for assignment as the corresponding move.
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In Cleveland, Hernandez will share the infield with Jose Ramirez at third, Francisco Lindor at short, and his former teammate with the Phillies, Carlos Santana, at first.