White Sox acquire 2B Cesar Hernandez from Indians

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Hernandez, who won the Gold Glove at second base in 2020, is batting .231 with a career-high 18 home runs and 47 RBIs this season and adds another powerful bat to the potent Chicago offense.

The White Sox had pursued several players to fill a void at second base, created when Nick Madrigal sustained a season-ending injury in June.

White Sox Evaluated Options

USA Today reported the White Sox had discussions with the Colorado Rockies about acquiring shortstop Trevor Story, with the intention of moving the All-Star to second base. They also talked with the Arizona Diamondbacks about infielder Eduardo Escobar, who was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

The switch-hitting Hernandez had his sixth multi-hit game in July on Wednesday, including a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals, and hit safely in 16 of his 21 games this month.

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To get Hernandez, the White Sox are parting with Double-A left-hander Konnor Pilkington. Pilkington was a third-round pick in 2018.

The Indians entered Thursday 8 1/2 games out of first place in the AL Central and will face the first-place White Sox in a three-game series beginning Friday.

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