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Dodgers Acquire Roberto Hernandez, Because Desperation

Today, the Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez from the Phillies because, I don’t know, reasons, I guess. (This is not the Dodger reliever of that name who I think I once drunkenly accused of lighting puppies on fire during an extra-inning live blog back in 2007; this is the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona.)

Hernandez, if that is his real name — oh, wait — turns 34 in a few weeks, and hasn’t been good in… well… ever? Really? I’m kind of doing this stream-of-consciousness as I’m looking at his stats; back when he was Carmona, he got some press for going 19-8 in 2007, his first full season as a starter, but even then his FIP was barely under 4.00. (Wins!) After a disastrous final two years in Cleveland, he went to Tampa Bay for 24 starts last year (4.89 ERA, 4.63 FIP) and had made 20 for the Phillies this year (3.87 ERA, 4.62 FIP). He’s making almost nothing at all, whatever is left on the one-year, $4.5 million deal he signed with the Phillies prior to the season.

When Hernandez succeeds, it’s because he gets ground balls, lots of them, with a career rate of 57.2 percent, among the highest in the bigs. The problem is that despite the ground ball ways, he still gives up homers — approximately one per nine innings — and since he’s having incredible control problems this year, he has the absolute worst K%-BB% in baseball. Somehow, he’s managed four consecutive starts without allowing more than three earned runs, but that came with an 8/6 K/BB and a .172 BABIP. Sustainable!

Look, he’s not good. Not that Cole Hamels was realistic, but this isn’t really the Phillies starter we were hoping for. The real question — other than the identity of the two “players to be named,” which I have no info on but am more than a little worried about — is why is he here? We know Dan Haren has been awful, last night aside, and has that vesting option. We know that Josh Beckett has regression and a painful hip injury staring him in the face. (Yahoo’s Tim Brown alluded to the possibility of Hernandez taking Beckett’s Friday start in Milwaukee.) Is he here to take the spot of an active reliever, given that Paco Rodriguez, Paul Maholm and Chris Perez are all already on the disabled list ? I guess he could take Pedro Baez‘ spot.

Perhaps, more likely, there’s another shoe to drop here, and one of the starters is headed to the disabled list. It’s possible we don’t know the answer today, since Hyun-Jin Ryu is starting and we don’t know exactly where Hernandez is right now. (The Phillies were home last night and today against Houston; Hernandez was to start tonight.) Either way, this is… well, by itself, it’s not really anything. It’s just worrisome about what comes next.


Mike

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429 comments
scottyc35
scottyc35

this is not so terrible. Beckett is clearly hurt. Carmona can hopefully give us 6-7 decent innings per start, we only have to pay 2 months' of his salary, and if we don't like him, he's a free agent in November. not an upgrade talent-wise, but a good upgrade health-wise. and if we do get another starter, Fausto can pitch long relief. I'm excited to see him tomorrow (never seen him pitch in my life). Plus, he's always played on losing teams. maybe being thrown into a pennant race will motivate him

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Even if Beckett IS done, we gotta feel really damn good about what he's given us this year. I mean, this was a dude that we weren't even certain could ever throw again, and he's given us 115.2 innings of 2.88 ERA ball, plus a no-no.

That's pretty god damn amazing, lucky or not, and it's important to remember how much he helped this year. It was completely unexpected by nearly all of us.

LASports96
LASports96

I'm guessing we see this tonight: Gordon 2B, Puig CF, Gonzalez 1B, Ramirez DH, Kemp RF, Van Slyke LF, Uribe 3B, Ellis C, Rojas SS

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

So the news finally breaks. Thank You Mr. Beckett for everything you have contributed! If you can come back please do so!

LASports96
LASports96

Tomorrow: Hernandez vs. Loshe... a ground ball ball heaven

scottyc35
scottyc35

and i dont think i will ever refer to him as anything but Fausto Carmona. he's a rich man, he should legally change his name back

Saber Nightmare
Saber Nightmare

@ConFaustoracyofBuntses If the Cliff Lee claim did not preclude getting Grienke, we would probably honestly be better off.

Essentially it would cost us Gonzalez but gain us Webster/Rubby/$30m and who knows who would be the first baseman.

Of course I still stand by my theory that the reason that deal was taken was to create hype and increase the cable deal, in which case you night call it a net profit.

LASports96
LASports96

@NoHitWin2008 I thought he was done in Spring Training, definitely happy what he has contributed this season

moneynow27
moneynow27

@capnsparrow (Actual top vote getter for POY)


Cap, when you think about it, everyone here, and most people will do whatever they can to avoid the knife (as in surgery); I know I do.   Sure, these guys make a great living playing a game......but is all that money worth it to go under the knife several times in your career?

moneynow27
moneynow27

@TheConman


Wow, I'm like Mike, I can't take a day or two off away from work, baseball, etc. without something material happening.....Maybe Hernandez is this year's Nolasco.

Spork in the Road
Spork in the Road

@TheConman Bummer.  It appears that Beckett's body has basically failed him.  So, Carmon solves that...Kind of.  Who will be brought in once Haren inevitably gives up 6 ER in 3+ in back to back starts?  Or does last night buy him the rest of the season?

Saber Nightmare
Saber Nightmare

@scottyc35 Fausto Carmona is a 70 score name and Roberto Hernandez sounds like a NRI utility infielder

Turner_for_Treasury
Turner_for_Treasury

@Saber Nightmare @ConFaustoracyofBuntses Not so sure we'd have Webster/Rubby, since we'd have to send PHI something, that was his point. Chances are they would have insisted on Howard joining Lee to the Dodgers, which means we'd have a godawful 1B and a broken pitcher (at least if in that alternate reality Howard also sucked and Lee also blew out his elbow).

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Whether or not he's worth the money, that's not really up,for debate. He was never gonna be worth the cash. The point is that he wildly outperformed expectations this year, and that's something that we should all be really thankful for.

Imagine where we'd be without it...

Saber Nightmare
Saber Nightmare

@Saber Nightmare I thought it was in the line of 'trade anything and have salary transferred' which would have benefited either team.