Sox acquire César Hernández in trade with Indians

/ by Vinnie Duber
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich

Looking to plug their hole at second base, the Chicago White Sox got themselves a Gold Glover.

The White Sox acquired César Hernández in a trade with the division-rival Cleveland Indians, the team announced Thursday morning.

Hernández won the American League Gold Glove at second base last season and is quite familiar to the White Sox, who have played against him for the past two seasons.

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In 2021, the switch-hitting Hernández is batting .231 with 18 home runs and a .738 OPS. He has a career .736 OPS in nine major league seasons, but he's done some of his best work against White Sox pitching, with an .884 OPS against his new team in 25 career games.

Hernández figures to plug the hole created by Nick Madrigal's season-ending hamstring tear. With the White Sox getting Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert and Yasmani Grandal back from their injuries before the end of the regular season, Hernandez's defensive prowess should be a nice addition to all that pop returning to the middle of the lineup.

The White Sox gave up pitching prospect Konnor Pilkington, the team's third-round pick in the 2018 draft, in the trade.

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