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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.

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