Report: Bulls interested in acquiring Sixers center Jahlil Okafor
Many prop bets pertaining to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are available for Super Bowl 51

Phillies & Hernandez settle at $2.55 million

By: Matthew Shinkle, Sports Talk Philly writer

The Phillies made what is expected to be one of their final signings this off-season before catchers and pitchers report on Feb. 14th and the full squad reports on Feb. 17th. 

Avoiding a potential arbitration hearing, Cesar Hernandez and the Phillies agreed to a $2.55 million contract for the 2017 season. Earlier in the off-season, the Phillies had filed for $2 million while Hernandez filed for $2.8 million. 

Hernandez put together a solid 2016 season, making him the expected Opening Day second basemen. In his age 26 season, Hernandez slashed .294/.371/.393 while also leading the MLB in triples. He also drew 66 walks, showing a patient eye, and was second on the team with 161 hits last season. 

Cause for concern for Hernandez, however, includes the lingering promise of the organization's top prospect J.P. Crawford. He figures to be promoted sometime during the upcoming season, thus complicating the second base position for Freddy Galvis and Hernandez. 

The weakest part of Hernandez's game as of late has been his base running and mental mistakes. He was caught stealing 13 times last season, the second highest in the National League. In comparison, he only successfully stole 17 bases. 


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)