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Does Teoscar Hernández want to stay in LA?

The Dominican baseball outfielder signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the winter but hopes to stay in Los Angeles longer.

Jun 8, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) celebrates while running the bases after his grand slam home run during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Toescar Hernández came to the Dodgers in the winter, signing a one-year contract for $23.5 million, but agreed to defer $8.5 million so they could sign Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Tyler Glasnow. The Dominican will receive the rest of his salary in 10 installments every July 1 between 2030 and 2039.

The 31-year-old has been playing at a high level for the Dodgers and is one of the most consistent hitters in the star-studded lineup this season. In 256 at-bats, he has driven in 48 runs and 16 home runs, becoming the player with the most home runs on the Dodgers roster, surpassing Shohei Ohtani by one.

His wish is to stay with the Dodgers

I want to stay. I don’t want to keep hanging around the league. I feel good here, comfortable. I think this is a good opportunity for me to win. That’s the most important thing for me. It’s a great group. I would love to stay,” Teoscar Hernández told MLB.com.

Since being introduced to the Dodgers in the offseason, Teoscar Hernández said his intention was to remain in Los Angeles for many more years. He even turned down better offers to sign with the Dodgers and deferred his salary to win the 2024 World Series and be part of the Los Angeles franchise dynasty.

The Dodgers do not usually extend player contracts mid-season, but if the Dominican continues to play at a high level, it could happen before the start of the postseason. In addition, his great relationship with Shohei Ohtani and the energy he has brought to the clubhouse will keep him in Los Angeles for many years to come.