After an early playoff exit, the Los Angeles Dodgers saw a handful of players become free agents with no real intentions of bringing them back.
Roberto Hernandez, who was traded to the Dodgers from the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor-league players last August, will not be returning to Los Angeles next season. With his contract expiring at the end of last season, Hernandez was a free agent who had yet to find a team.
On Thursday, The Astros announced their signing of Hernandez via their official Twitter account:
#Astros have signed RHP Roberto Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
— Houston Astros (@astros) February 12, 2015
The right-hander pitched in nine games for the Dodgers and posted a record of 5-4 with a 3.94 ERA. However, he failed to make the team’s postseason roster, as they decided to stick with a four-man starting rotation.
Before coming to the Dodgers, Hernandez, previously known as Fausto Carmona, spent time with the Cleveland Indians, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Phillies. In his career, he has gone 67-93 with a 4.60 ERA, having his best year in 2010 with the Indians when he was elected to the American League All-Star team.
His new minor-league deal includes an invitation to Spring Training, giving Hernandez the opportunity to possibly make the active 25-man roster. Hernandez finds himself alongside veteran Scott Feldman and promising young talent Brett Oberholtzer.
Although Hernandez has struggled recently in his career, he does bring much experience to the young Astros squad and could find himself pitching in the MLB before the end of the 2015 season.
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