Though the Dodgers remain interested in Twins infielder Brian Dozier, Detroit’s Ian Kinsler and Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe, the club is conducting a comprehensive search for its next second baseman and could consider Jurickson Profar, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Profar, 23, might see his playing time decrease if the Rangers sign free agent Mike Napoli, which seems to be a possibility. He struggled over 90 games with Texas last season, hitting .239/.321/.338 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. However, Profar is under club control for three seasons and is an affordable option for Los Angeles to consider.
Hernandez is similarly a controllable piece who won’t be eligible for free agency until after 2020. He, unlikely Profar, had a productive 2016 season, and it seems the Phillies are not in a hurry to trade him.
There is still a chance the Dodgers acquire Dozier, who the Twins seemingly have a high asking price for, and re-signing Chase Utley remains an option, according to Rosenthal. Still, it seems the Dodgers would prefer to add one of the available infielders via a trade before Spring Training begins.