Hernandez signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The 34-year-old is a non-roster invitee for spring training and will receive $1 million if he cracks the big-league roster. Hernandez was in competition for a spot in Atlanta's starting rotation in spring training last season, but he opted out of the 2020 campaign in early July. He last pitched for the Mariners in 2019 and had a 6.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 57:25 K:BB over 71.2 innings. Hernandez should have a strong chance of earning a spot in Baltimore's starting rotation.
Hernandez is likely to pitch for a big-league team in 2021, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Multiple teams are showing interest in Hernandez, who had an excellent spring training with the Braves (1.98 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 14 strikeouts in 13.2 innings) before opting out of the 2020 season. The 34-year-old righty has been roughly a replacement level starter since 2017, but he could at least eat innings at the back of a rotation.
Hernandez will opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns regarding COVID-19, according to his agent, Wilfredo Polidor. The veteran right-hander was included on the team's 60-player roster pool and was competing with Sean Newcomb for a spot in the starting rotation, but he'll elect to sit out the 60-game season to help protect himself and his family, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Hernandez joins the growing list of players who have opted out, including David Price, Ryan Zimmerman, Welington Castillo and Joe Ross. Kyle Wright figures to be the next man up to compete for a rotation spot for Atlanta.
Hernandez will be a part of the Braves' 60-man roster, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hernandez signed with the Braves as a non-roster invitee in January and was competing with Sean Newcomb for a spot in the rotation during spring training, so it's no surprise that he'll be a part of the team's 60-man roster. After a solid spring, the 34-year-old could see time in the major-league rotation to begin the season as a result of expanded rosters.
General manager Alex Anthopolous said Wednesday that the Braves will limit their starters to 2-to-4 innings their first couple times through the rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. After a three-month shutdown and with only a three-week secondary spring training before the start of a 60-game season, it's not much of a surprise teams will be cautious with their pitchers right out of the gate. Hernandez joined the Braves as a non-roster invitee and was enjoying a solid spring before play was suspended, but he was still in competition with Sean Newcomb for the No. 5 spot. Both pitchers could see innings through the first couple turns of the rotation as the Braves -- and teams across the league -- utilize the expanded roster to cover innings.
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