The 31-year-old didn’t find the same success during the shortened 2020 season. He hit .254/.302/.305 with only two RBIs in 27 games (59 at-bats). He surprisingly hit a rut in the field toward the end of the 60-game stretch, committing four errors in his final three games. He was left off the team’s postseason roster.
Hechavarria spent parts of the past nine seasons with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates, Yankees, Mets and Braves. Instead of waiting out the slow MLB market for what would likely be a non-guaranteed opportunity, Hechavarria will continue his career in Japan.