No team or player really wants to go to arbitration. It's a harrowing process and one side or the other always feels slighted. With that in mind, the Phillies and Cesar Hernandez worked to reach an agreement on a deal. That agreement came in the form of a one-year, $2.55-million contract for the 2017 season. The figure is just above the midway point of the numbers the two sides submitted for their arbitration hearing. Hernandez was seeking $2.8-million, while the Phillies came in with a $2.2-million offer.
The 26-year old was going through his first arbitration process after qualifying as a "super-two" player, with two years and 154 days of major league service. Because of that, Hernandez will actually be eligible for four years of arbitration rather than the usual three years. He won't qualify for free agency until after the 2020 season.
Hernandez had the best season of his short career in 2016, with a line of 6-39-.294/.371/.393 in 155 games with the Phillies. Hernandez led the National League with 11 triples and also added 17 stolen bases to his production.
During the offseason, Hernandez was the subject of trade rumors, with a number of teams as potential buyers, including both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels. No trade ever materialized and Hernandez remains with the Phillies even after they acquired Howie Kendrick, who has primarily played second base during his career. The Phillies have Hernandez penciled in to play left field this season.
Hernandez initially signed with the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Cesar Hernandez career stats