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Rays nearing deal with Roberto Hernandez

Dec 12, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay is “close to signing” Roberto Hernandez, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Formerly known as “Fausto Carmona” before getting busted for a false identity last winter, Hernandez missed the first four months of this year and was then shut down after three starts with an ankle injury.

Once upon a time Hernandez was a very promising young pitcher, but it turns out he was never actually all that young and since 2008 his ERA is 5.06. His ability to induce ground balls is intriguing, but Hernandez doesn’t miss many bats and has always had awful control.

  1. raysfan1 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I have to presume this would be a minor league deal

  2. rockthered1286 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Daniel Cabrera v2.0

  3. rca26 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    And we’re all going to act surprised when he’s a Cy Young candidate by September.

  4. Detroit Michael - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    In his three starts last year, his fastball & sinker velocity fell, so he’ll need to recover the missing speed, not that three starts was enough for those figures to really stabilize.

    Hernandez/Carmona seems like a decent gamble for the Rays. He seemed to often have better raw stuff than results so maybe a change of organization and pitching coach can help him. Given what happened to Fernando Rodney, I’d say Tampa Bay is as good a place as any for a pitcher to suddenly improve.

  5. tuberippin - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    After seeing what Tampa has managed to do with Joaquin Benoit, Rafael Soriano, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, and Fernando Rodney in recent years, I find it hard to question anything they do in regards to pitching. They could slot him in the 5th spot and let Niemann work as a long reliever, or vice versa. Should be interesting to watch the development of this story over the course of spring training.

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