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Nationals lock up veteran Livan Hernandez for 2011

Aug 29, 2010, 4:58 PM EST

According to the Nationals' official Twitter page, Washington GM Mike Rizzo has announced a one-year contract extension for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez...

According to the Nationals’ official Twitter page, the Washington GM Mike Rizzo has announced a one-year contract extension for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez.

The money involved has not been revealed just yet, but it seems like a wise move with the information that we do know.  Hernandez, 35, has posted a 3.49 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and a 9-9 record this season on a bad Nationals team.  His 91 strikeouts and 55 walks aren’t blowing anybody away, but he’s registered two complete games and one shutout.

Hernandez is the consummate innings-eater.  He’s tallied at least 175 innings in each of the last 12 seasons and is likely to reach the 200-inning plateau this year.

The Nats will be without Stephen Strasburg in 2011 due to Tommy John surgery.  They did well to secure at least one reliable starter for next season.

  1. Professor Longnose - Aug 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Hernandez’ ERA+ is 117 so far this year, but was 76 in 2009, 71 in 2008, 96 in 2007, and 92 in 2006. You’d think they could develop a young guy to be that mediocre.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    They probably could, but as old farts go Hernandez is pretty durable and eats up innings. On a team that’s not going anywhere next season, he’s a decent investment for the Gnats and, I suspect, a venerable presence with lots of war stories to teach the kids. He’s not a bad move at all for this particular team.

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