Hernandez was released from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday. Hernandez was hoping to parlay his minor-league contract with the Blue Jays into a starting role with the big club later in the season, but that never materialized after he scuffled at Triple-A. He posted an unremarkable 4.42 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 71.1 innings, numbers that didn't warrant a promotion. Now 35 years old, it's possible we've seen the last of the right-hander in the big leagues.
Hernadez signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Hernandez opted out a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays at the end of spring training, but he will return to the team on another contract. Hernandez originally left because he was seeking a major league roster spot, but could not find one, so he will give it another go with the Blue Jays. Expect him to report to Triple-A Buffalo.
Hernandez opted out of his contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday and requested his unconditional release, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Hernandez is seeking a major league roster spot, and that simply was not available with Toronto. Barring any extraneous circumstances, he'll head into free agency where he'll wait for a team looking for a veteran starter or long reliever to pick him up.
Hernandez signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays on Friday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. The 35-year-old righty posted a 4.36 ERA in 84.2 innings for the Astros last year, although he managed a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings of relief, so that might be an indicator on how the Jays plan to use him. As a starter he offers little upside, and as a reliever he would likely be used in low-leverage spots.
Veteran pitcher Roberto Hernandez will be designated for assignment by the Astros to make room for the return of infielder Jed Lowrie, the team announced Wednesday. Hernandez started and relieved for the Astros, compiling a 3-5 record and 4.36 ERA in 20 appearances with the team. "It's a sad day when Roberto has to go off our team," manager A.J. Hinch told the Houston Chronicle. "He's done everything we've asked."
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