With the Los Angeles Dodgers unlikely to sign Enrique “Kiké” Hernández again this off-season, the New York Mets should seriously consider targeting this super-utility player.

While New York Mets fans are hyper-focused on signing George Springer, SP Trevor Bauer and / or C James McCann, they should also get Kiké Hernández on board this winter. especially now that the aforementioned players are dominating the headlines.

After six years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hernández has proven himself to be an elite defender who can be deployed seamlessly across the Diamonds and the outfield.

Indeed, if it weren’t for the unprecedented squad depth of the multi-year NL West Champions in recent years, it’s not too far-fetched to believe that he could have cemented a role as a starter on any other MLB team and – at that – has now a pair of gold gloves under his belt.

As refreshing as it is for Mets fans to see their franchise with premium talent for a change, they shouldn’t make the mistake of overlooking the importance of a deep bank. who currently include: JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, Tomás Nido, Brandon Nimmo, and Amed Rosario.

When baseball has to be proven to be an underrated asset, Hernández’s former team is the place for you.

For the 2020 World Series champions, their squad depth is arguably the most overlooked aspect of their team and has enabled versatile defense and timely hitting in critical game situations – especially because of Hernández and players like him.

Whether or not the Mets manage to get a Springer or McCann-like racket this winter, they’d certainly benefit from having a player who can compliment their star teammates well: Athletic. Reliable in defense. Versatile and pullable.

Signing this 29 year old would give them that, on top of yet another infectious clubhouse personality.

Overall, Kiké is a multipurpose player who fits into the shape of Sandy Alderson’s favorite type of athlete. He strengthens the bank and would be an upgrade over a utility player like Guillorme, who has not shown as much power on the plate or flexibility in the field as he has.

In addition, Robinson Canó’s suspension has opened up a place in the infield next season that Hernández could fill perfectly while maintaining a steady level of play from the bench.

He would also place the Mets in a unique position to explore trades involving either Nimmo, Davis, or Rosario while making sure the team has an adaptable player to follow in their footsteps in the hypothetical meanwhile.

Given that, it is very unlikely that he will be without a contract for long. As things stand, the Minnesota Twins have already expressed interest in the 29-year-old.

With most clubs primarily focused on the “big stars” looking for deals in the open market, the Mets should try to reach an agreement with Hernández on a 2-year deal worth $ 12.5 million while still flying under the radar.

Matchmaking: Twins need a regular, top-notch, multi-position defender who hits Kike Hernández with his left hand. Will 1 year. Deal, 500 PA, is elite defender, kills LHP, hit .304 for the third time against the starting gun in ’19.

– Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 5, 2020

Due to his desire for a 1-year deal (based on his belief that he could make more money in the next off-season if the clubs weren’t as financially burdened by the pandemic), a $ 6.5 million Deal for playing in Flushing during the 2021 season looks like a competitive offer at first; considering it’s more than his $ 5.9 million salary last year.

Put simply, the Mets off-season wouldn’t be complete without adding depth to protect their current and future star acquisitions. And that should draw her attention to Kiké Hernández.