Baseball fans may not be paying much attention with the World Series going on, but teams have been making roster moves under the radar this week. The Oakland A's are one such team, as they claimed a utility infielder off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
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Oakland claimed Yonny Hernandez from Arizona. While he hasn't had much success at the MLB level yet, his ability to switch-hit and play multiple positions (third base, second base and shortstop) makes him a versatile bench player.
Hernandez appeared in just 12 games for the Diamondbacks last year, batting .083/.154/.083 in limited action. He made his MLB debut in 2021 with the Texas Rangers, slashing .217/.315/.252 in 43 games that year. Hernandez has limited power and has yet to go deep in the majors, but he does have good speed with 13 steals in 15 attempts so far.
One concern is that Oakland is a much tougher hitting environment than Texas or Arizona. But if Hernandez works hard on his game this offseason and makes some adjustments at the plate, perhaps he'll earn more regular at-bats in 2023.