Of the aforementioned players, the 27-year-old Hernandez is one we haven’t yet heard connected to the Mets. The switch-hitter slashed .294/.373/.421 with 26 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 85 runs scored and 15 stolen bases for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017.
Hernandez has posted back-to-back seasons with at least 3 WAR with 3.3 in 2016 and 3.1 this past season. After a solid season defensively in 2016 at second (4 DRS, 12.6 UZR/150) he struggled there in 2017 with -2 DRS and 3.1 UZR/150.
He is projected to make $4.7 million through arbitration in 2018 according to MLB Trade Rumors and is under contract for three more seasons.
The Phillies are also rumored to possibly move Freddy Galvis, who is projected to make $7.4 million next season. They also have a crowded infield, with top prospect Scott Kingery in the wings, which could make both Hernandez and Galvis expendable.
However, Hernandez will likely cost the Mets something significant. Likely a starter like Steven Matz or Seth Lugo. If they aren’t keen on making a trade for someone like Hernandez who comes with team control over the next few seasons, then someone like Ian Kinsler makes sense because he will likely cost much less.
Additionally, the Mets and Phillies haven’t made a trade since 2001 when New York sent Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook to Philadelphia in exchange for Bruce Chen and Adam Walker, so it would be something new for the division rivals.
Hernandez would be a nice fit for the Mets monetarily, but unless they are willing to give something up, it seems unlikely.
At the very least, it’s good to hear New York has checked in and I expect them to keep tabs on Hernandez, especially with Philadelphia’s logjam in regards to their infield.