AHern Exiled Again
For the second time in two years, the Mets have sent Anderson Hernandez packing.
AHern was placed on waivers this week and claimed by the Cleveland Indians.
This move perplexes me from both sides. The Mets have a sudden issue in the middle infield, due to Jose Reyes’ indefinite thyroid condition. With Hernandez gone, the Mets have only two players in the organization with more than 5 games’ MLB experience at shortstop: Russ Adams and Alex Cora (oh, sorry, I forgot about Jolbert Cabrera … though, I wouldn’t consider him a shortstop any more than I’d consider Mike Jacobs a catcher).
What the Indians want with Hernandez is also a bit quizzical; they have veteran Mark Grudzielanek and AHern clone Luis Rodriguez fighting for the backup 2B spot — though I suppose neither is impressing Cleveland’s brain trust if they cleared a spot for Hernandez.
I don’t think Anderson Hernandez had much of a future with the Mets, and I think his value is as a defensive-minded second baseman — a luxury few rosters can afford in the 21st century. But after seeing that revolving door at shortstop last year — the one that ultimately moved the Mets to reacquire AHern — it seems strange he’d be let go.
Ramon Martinez better not change his phone number.
Goes right with the program.