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Dodgers acquire Roberto Hernandez from Phillies

Aug 7, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

Roberto Hernandez AP

Roberto Hernandez was supposed to start for the Phillies tonight against the Astros, but instead he’s been traded to the Dodgers for a pair of players to be named later or cash considerations.

Los Angeles was in the market for rotation reinforcements and instead of making a big splash the Dodgers decided to pick up the impending free agent formerly known as Fausto Carmona on the cheap.

Hernandez has pitched decently for the Phillies on a one-year, $4.5 million contract, posting a 3.87 ERA in 121 innings mostly spent as a starter. As usual his strikeout and walks rates aren’t impressive, but he induces a lot of ground balls and keeps the ball in the ballpark.

For now the Dodgers may decide to stash Hernandez in the bullpen–where he’s made three appearances this year and 42 appearances for his career–and keep him available to jump into the rotation if needed down the stretch.

  1. mungman69 - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Does this mean that Amaro has given up on the season?

  2. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Decent move by Roob The Boob. The Artist formerly known as Fausto was pitching decent his last couple starts and was a free agent at seasons end. Even if the PTBNL end up being lower level guys two lottery tickets are better than zero.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      What if the two guys are Crawford and Ethier (and their contracts)?

  3. chew1985 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Great move for the Dodgers. Hernandez has finally put it together in the last month and is pitching very well.

    Forget about getting anything valuable in return, fellow Phillies fans. That’s not how Amaro rolls.

  4. 76ersdoubletank - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Of all the players RAJ does get rid of, it’s the one on modest one year deal. Ah yes, the Phillies.

  5. stupidusername - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Boom! Amaro sends Hernandez away for a bunch of I.O.U.’s. Who said he wasn’t in rebuild mode?

  6. geejon - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Replaces Maholm (and better) as long man out of the pen and insurance against Haren reverting to pre-last night form and/or Beckett being forced to the DL with his hip (or simply stinking up the joint while pitching thru it).

    Good move by Colletti.

    Still needs to find a LH reliever ASAP. One lefty in the pen doesn’t work as it limits the manager and just as bad it’s going to wear out Howell and have him running on fumes if/when they reach the playoffs. Already happened last year with Paco don’t know why they’re tempting it again.

    In addition, Wilson and League can’t be your best RH relievers. That’s not winning you anything. If you needed a reminder, Pujols moon-shot off Wilson the other day was that reminder. Im sure SD is asking for the moon for Benoit but if not him, who? I get not wanting to part with Joc, Seager or Urias for an ace starter, but apart from them every prospect should be on the table to get relief help. This bullpen is not good and if it costs a Zach Lee then so be it but its imperative it gets addressed by the end of the month.

  7. pourman - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Wait, doesn’t everybody love the irony of Roberto Hernandez (a.k.a. Fausto Carmona) being traded for players to be named later?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      heh-heh, good one

    • tmc602014 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      That is a good one. They may even know each other…

    • dumbassgreg - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      lmao d-oh I was just thinking same thing when I read story. maybe a bad sign for you thinking like a dumbass like lol

  8. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I know Amaron bashing is in vogue, and I am beyond words disappointed in what was not down in July. I can barely stomach thinking about it.

    That said – this was a good for both teams. You can never have too much pitching, so he will help the Dodgers. And before Phillies fans get all worked about about not getting a blue chip in return – was never going to happen with this guy. And….do your self a favor. Google and find out “player to be named later” thru history. Along with all the duds, you find some suprises – the Phillies gave Gio Gonzalez as a player to be named later.

    Not saying this is much in return – and perhaps it will be nothing in return. But would you rather keep him for 8 more starts?

  9. yahmule - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Anybody who thinks Beckett – or just about any pitcher – is capable of pitching effectively with a torn labrum in their hip is kidding themselves. Hell of a nice comeback, but he’s not going to be right again until next year.

  10. greymares - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    It’s being reported that the Phillies were given a list of A ball players to watch and will be picking 2 from that list.

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