Thursday, December 12, 2013

Phillies to bring in Hernandez

On the last day of the Winter Meetings, the Philadelphia Phillies picked up a veteran presence to fill out their starting rotation, dealing for Roberto Hernandez.

The contract is only for one year, a source reported to the Inquirer on Thursday, and is contingent upon his passing a physical.

"It's more of a depth guy," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said. "This is not someone who is going to slide into the top of the rotation. He's in the bottom of the rotation. But we need some depth. Again, we're trying to get the best bang for our buck. In this marketplace, it's tough because the prices have soared pretty significantly."

Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez finished 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA in 151 innings over 32 appearances (24 starts) during his lone season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.

Since breaking into the majors under an assumed name during the 2006 season with Cleveland, the 25-year-old native of the Dominican Republic holds a lifetime mark of 59-82 with a 4.17 ERA in 216 career appearances.

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