CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have made the return of a recent Gold Glove Award recipient official, announcing the re-signing of second baseman César Hernández Friday evening.
Hernández, who was a free agent after the 2020 season ended, re-signed with the Tribe for the 2021 season with a club option for 2022, the team said.
Last season was Hernández’s career best to date. He led the American League in doubles with 20 and won his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Hernández batted .283 with three home runs, 20 RBI and 35 runs scored last season.
The second baseman finished second in the AL at his position in defensive runs saved with six and total chances with 210.
Hernández was the Tribe’s first second baseman to win a Gold Glove Award since Roberto Alomar did so in 2001.
The Tribe’s 40-man roster currently consists of 39 players.
Hernández re-signing was a part of the organization's plan to "re-invest" in their roster after clearing over $30 million from their payroll by trading shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets.