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Hernandez wants to return to Nationals... badly

Posted on: August 30, 2011 11:54 pm
 
Hernandez

By Evan Brunell

Livan Hernandez, who has plugged up a rotation spot for Washington the last two years and somehow has delivered a 3.96 ERA in 60 starts, wants to return to Washington next season.

And it appears he wants to do so pretty badly.

MLB.com reports that Hernandez says he will act as a long reliever out of the bullpen if necessary. He must be playing around with the Nats depth charts, because that's exactly the type of offer he needs to make if he hopes to stay with the team.

Washington has quite a few candidates for the rotation coming into next season. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan are locked into spots. The final two spots will come down to at least four candidates: Ross Detwiler, Tom Gorzelanny, Tom Milone, Brad Peacock -- and Hernandez as well as anyone else the Nats bring in or resign, such as Chien-Ming Wang. That's a lot of competition, so if Hernandez is serious about staying in Washington, the 36-year-old absolutely has to make that offer.

But after two straight successful seasons, the rubber-armed Hernandez should have a few suitors to fill out the starting rotation, even if he may have to wait late into the offseason to start receiving offers. Hernandez figures to pitch somewhere next season, even if it's not with Washington.

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Hernandez wants to return to Nationals... badly

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Hernandez wants to return to Nationals... badly

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:29 am
 

Hernandez wants to return to Nationals... badly

Innings eater.  Doesn't miss starts.  Mediocre a lot of the time.  Brilliant some of the time.  El-stinko some of the time.  Valuable guy to have around.

The bigger question is his off field legal issues.  Is he going to be able to stay out of jail?  I guess if you ever need money laundered in Puerto Rico . . . Livo can help.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:50 am
 

Hernandez wants to return to Nationals... badly

Hernandez is a keeper.  He is a steady, veteran pitcher who is very serviceable as your #3 to #5 starter.  He isn't overwhelming stat-wise but is serviceable, efficient and provides veteran leadership.  If not a starter, I can definitely see him as a middle reliever and spot starter.


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