Mets 'remain high' on free agent Kiké Hernandez: report

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Kike Hernandez celebrates in Dodgers white uniform
Kike Hernandez celebrates in Dodgers white uniform

The Mets "remain high" on free agent utility man Kiké Hernandez, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Hernandez has been with the Dodgers for the last six seasons where he's become a mainstay in their lineup but a Swiss Army knife in the field. He has the ability to play anywhere in the infield or outfield, mostly at second base last season (30 games). Hernandez can even plug in at first base if necessary.

After missing out on George Springer, who agreed to a multi-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Mets may still be trying to find someone to fill the center field role. Hernandez does have experience there, spending 179 career games in center -- the most of any outfield position.

But there's also the prospect that Hernandez could work at second base and allow Jeff McNeil to stay at third like he was last season. That would leave J.D. Davis, though, in the outfield to vie for playing time.

Either way, Hernandez can be maneuvered however Luis Rojas chooses if he does get signed by the Mets. His market will be intriguing to watch as Spring Training gets closer.

Hernandez owned a .230/.270/.410 slash line in the shortened season with five homers and 20 RBI. He also captured his first World Series ring with LA, which is always a solid resume builder in free agency.