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.

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  1. isuzudude March 18, 2010 at 10:01 am
    Again I ask: Where is Alex Cintron?
  2. Mike March 18, 2010 at 10:04 am
    I think this about locks Ruben Tejada up as making the MLB roster. Or at least being in the hole in AAA if Cora or Adams doesn’t cut it or gets hurt.
  3. gary s. March 18, 2010 at 11:46 am
    dude, where is buddy harrelson??
  4. This site hates the metsies! March 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    You shouldn’t have to publicly embarrass yourself with such a pathetic post. AHERN sucks just like anyone perplexed about him leaving.
  5. CatchDog March 19, 2010 at 7:53 am
    AHearn was shown the door so that Charlie Samuals can give Ruben Tejada Andy’s #11 jersey. And the savings are BIG as the Mets are only required to purchase 2 consonants and a vowel.

    Goes right with the program.