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Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:53 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 6:03 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Free agent pitcher Livan Hernandez has signed with the Astros, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by Fox Sports.

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The Astros seemed to have their starting five set in Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, Bud Norris, J.A. Happ and Jordan Lyles, but perhaps they'll make a trade or get the 21-year-old Lyles some more seasoning in Triple-A. I say this because signing Hernandez for anything other than the purpose of being a back-end-of-the-rotation innings eater wouldn't make much sense. The one thing he still does well is log innings.

Hernandez, 36, was 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 175 1/3 innings last season for the Nationals. He would have surely hit 200 innings had the Nats not pulled him from the rotation in early September to make room for Stephen Strasburg.

In 2010, Hernandez was 10-12 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 211 2/3 innings. He's logged 3,121 2/3 regular-season innings in his 16-season big-league career.

In addition to the Hernandez and the other five pitchers mentioned above, the Astros also have Henry Sosa, Kyle Weiland, Zach Duke and highly-touted prospect Jarred Cosart in the mix.

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Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

very funny - well put



Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

...oh yeah - I hope I'm wrong too..



Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:02 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

Livan, Livan Likes His Money....He Makes Alot They Say...OMG..WTF (to steal a page out of my teenage daughter's playbook.)  What are you guys thinking.  One step up and two steps back.  I guess they will say he gives our pitching staff the maturity and experience it needs to be competitive.  He's a real plus in the club house and the bench...blah blah blah.  I'm 52 - why not give me a shot - I'll do it for the league minimum too and probably be as productive.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:01 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

Seriously...I'm not here to hate on the Astros, but Livan Herandez might be the only MLB player in history to not only get a paycheck from a team, but to collect social security also.  I'll believe 36 when I see his birth certificate.  What was he hitting 72 mph on the gun last year?  Tim Wakefield fires knuckleballs faster than that.  I know the Astros have some serious rebuilding to do, but why not go out and fish out younger players to do the inning eating work?  If you're going to have a losing season at least try to find some gems out there.  What's the worst that could happen the kids post the same bad numbers Hernandez tosses, but those kids could actually improve from the experience? 



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

First of all let me say that I am a huge astros fan and have been for years, but I "thought" the new owner was going to develop young players and build the team from within.  Im very, very disappointed with Crane and his staff so far.  Mr. Crane, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ACCOMPLISHING BY SIGNING LIVAN HERNANDEZ, CHRIS SNYDER, JACK CUST AND ZACH DUKE????  If you want to waste a couple million dollars I would prefer you repave the parking lot....



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

Haha I got a higher score.



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

36? More like Livan is 46!



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

36? More like Livan is 46.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:14 pm
 

Livan Hernandez signs with Astros

Thank God... About time we got rid of this bum.


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