Phillies Ink Free Agent Pitcher Roberto Hernandez
According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com the Phillies have reached an agreement with free agent right-hander Roberto Hernandez, formally Fausto Carmona.
According to reports, the deal with Hernandez is one-year deal slightly above $4.5M. Apparently he had higher offers to go elsewhere, but rooted for the Phillies growing up and choose to sign here.
Hernandez had a 4.89 ERA and 113/38 K/BB ratio in 151 innings over 24 starts and eight relief appearances this past season with the Rays.
While many figure Hernandez will compete in the Phillies starting rotation, he did pitch eight games in relief for the Rays in 2013 and could provide some depth the Phillies bullpen if needed. However, the thought here is that he will be one of the five Phillies starters in 2014.
Many might remember Hernandez's best season, which came back in 2007 when he finished fourth in the American League Cy Young voting after posting a 3.06 ERA in 215 innings for the Indians. However, he suffered a hip injury back during the 2008 campaign and likely impacted his 2009 season as well. In 2010, Hernandez came back strong with Cleveland, posting a 3.77 ERA in 210 1/3 innings and earning his first All-Star selection.
A move to the National League for the first time in his career will likely benefit Hernandez, and his career 57.8 percent ground-ball rate will play well in the small dimensions of Citizens Bank Park.