False Identity charges against Roberto Hernandez dropped
Pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who for years pitched under the false name of Fausto Carmona, has had charges against him dropped by Dominican authorities. However, hurdles remain before he can once again pitch in the U.S.
While Hernandez's agreement with prosecutors makes it more likely that he'll be able to pitch again, hurdles remain. Specifically, as the MLB.com story notes, Hernandez still must acquire a work visa, and then he could be facing a suspension. For the present, though, Hernandez, who's on MLB's restricted list, is not being paid and doesn't count against the Indians' 40-man roster limit.
In October of last year, the Indians exercised Hernandez's $7-million option for 2012, but one would assume that recent events -- particularly the revelation that Hernandez is three years older than was previously believed -- mean the Indians will seek to void Hernandez's pact or renegotiate the terms.
Across six major-league seasons, Hernandez has been wildly inconsistent -- ranging from his fourth-place finish in the Cy Young balloting in 2007 to his 6.32 ERA in 2009. Mostly, a lack of control has been to blame for his struggles. As well, the Indians' thoroughly underrated rotation likely means they'll have the leverage should their deal with Hernandez be subject to renegotiation.
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