The Chicago White Sox will not pick up second baseman Cesar Hernandez’s team option for the 2022 season, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.
Hernandez came to the White Sox in a trade on July 29 as the team looked to negate the loss of Nick Madrigal to a season-ending injury. However, Hernandez’s production dipped significantly once putting on the black and white.
After slashing .283/.355/.408 with 18 home runs and 47 RBIs across 96 games to begin the season with Cleveland, the switch-hitter slashed .232/.309/.299 with just three long balls and 15 RBIs in 53 games for the White Sox. Ultimately, he proved to be one of multiple trade deadline acquisitions that underwhelmed after joining the Sox.
The White Sox declining Cesar Hernandez’s $6 million club option now puts the team in the market for a second baseman this offseason. The aforementioned Madrigal is now on the North Side of town as the result of a separate trade that brought bullpen arms to the Sox, and utility man Leury Garcia is an unrestricted free agent.
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