Hernández, 29, spent the first seven years of his career with the Phillies. He posted a .279/.333/.408 slash line last season, finishing with 15 home runs and 71 RBI.
The addition of Hernández means José Ramírez will stay at third base after some talk that he could move to second.
“I think we’re comfortable that José can play both at a premium defensive quality,” manager Terry Francona said in September. “I agree with him, going back and forth is hard, especially at this point in his career. Wherever he plays, he gonna be good.”
The two-time All-Star is staying put, which means Hernández can slide in and take Jason Kipnis' spot at second base. The Indians declined Kipnis' $16.5 million option for 2020 in October making the veteran infielder a free agent.
The Indians have added another switch-hitter to their lineup that had a down year in 2019, but was a high-end second baseman during the 2016 and 2017 seasons posting a combined 6.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement).
“We will have more resources available to reinvest in our team and that’s our expectation here as we head into the rest of the winter,” Antonetti said after the trade. “We will continue to look for avenues to improve are major league team both in trade and in free agency.”
The Tribe is still projected to be below the $100 million salary mark in 2020, which means more moves could be on the way.