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Phillies sign Roberto Hernandez to one-year deal

Dec 12, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Roberto Hernandez AP

Philadelphia has signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez to a one-year contract, according to Jim Salisbury of

Hernandez–formerly Fausto Carmona before being busted for identity fraud–posted an ugly 4.89 ERA in 151 innings for the Rays this year while being bumped from the rotation.

On one hand the Rays not being able to fix a pitcher suggests he may not be fixable. On the other hand Hernandez’s secondary stats improved dramatically, as he issued just 38 walks in 151 innings after years of awful control and managed a decent number of strikeouts while maintaining a strong ground-ball rate.

At the very least he’s capable of being a solid back-of-the-rotation starter for the Phillies and there’s still some upside beyond that.

UPDATE: Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors says it’s a $4.5 million deal with another $1.5 million in possible incentives.

  1. dakotaandotter - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    how do you evaluate this unless you know what they paid for him?

    • twd1165 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Great signing Rube :^P

      One schizophrenic in bullpen (Papelbon) paired up with another one in the starting rotation.

  2. aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    But Kendrick has more wins..?

  3. Detroit Michael - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    If the Phillies value Hernandez more than the other MLB teams, obviously they are evaluating him based on more than pitcher’s wins and ERA. Sabermetrics is affecting all the teams now.

    • hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Roberto Hernandez has more saves than Jonathon Papelbon. This was a no doubter forAmaro.

      • breschultz - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        That’s possible, although Ruben’s gonna be pretty upset when he finds out he didn’t sign the retired, 49 year old former closer Roberto Hernandez.

      • hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        He traded for Michael Young, the poor man’s Derek Jeter. No, the homeless man’s Nomar. Wait, the Ethiopian man’s Jay Bell.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    If either of their big 2 starters is traded, they need someone to replace their innings.

    • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels aren’t going no where, unless the Angels call offering Mike Trout.

      • flatsorter - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        Where are they going?

    • chadjones27 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      I pitching machine could be better than this guy

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Not bad for a 4th or 5th starter in your rotation .

    • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      This guy is going to give up a lot of bombs in CBP! Why not give Buchanan or Perci Garner a chance? smh

      • stoop57 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Well he is a groundball pitcher, so I don’t think he will give up as many HR’s as you think.

  6. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    yup, its official…either the Phillies have absolutely zero intentions of even winning 65 games, or RAJ is just that inept.

    Wait, maybe its both.

    • tuberippin - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      I lost any semblance of a plan when they brought in Marlon Byrd. Then when they decided they’d shop Domonic Brown. Then again when they decided to try and shop Hamels/Lee.

      I don’t even know what’s going on at this point.

  7. joo5 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:41 AM


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