The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the market for starting pitching since right-handers Josh Beckett and Dan Haren have been dealing with minor injuries and struggles.
General manager Ned Colletti failed to make a deal at the July 31 trade deadline and left the Dodgers with what they had. Backup starting pitcher and long-relief man Paul Maholm went down with an ACL tear after covering first base, prompting the Dodgers to ramp up their efforts to acquire a starter.
The Dodgers announced that they have acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations.
It is definitely not the starting pitcher from Philadelphia that many expected with Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee also on the team. Lee was recently removed from a start due to injury and Hamels would cost the Dodgers at least one or two of their top prospects.
This season, Hernandez is 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 games (20 starts). He has 75 strikeouts in 121 innings pitched and has a WHIP of 1.347.
Hernandez was known as Fausto Carmona until 2012 when he was a member of the Cleveland Indians. His best season came in 2007 for the Indian when he was 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA and finished fourth in the Cy Young vote. Since then, the right-hander has struggled to duplicate his success. He spent one season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013 before joining the Phillies this past season.
For the Dodgers, Hernandez will likely serve as the long relief man and be available to fill in if needed. Haren may have saved his place in the rotation for the time being with his impressive start on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hernandez gives the Dodgers major-league depth at a position that they desperately needed it.
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