Reports: Sox to land César Hernández in trade with Indians originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Looking to plug their hole at second base, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly getting themselves a Gold Glover.
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.
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.
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the White Sox are giving up pitching prospect Konnor Pilkington, the team's third-round pick in the 2018 draft, in the trade.