Nationals sign Livan Hernandez

The Nationals have signed right-hander Livan Hernandez to a Major League contract on Tuesday night. The news comes six days after the Mets gave him his unconditional release.

Hernandez, who went 7-8 with a 5.47 ERA for New York, will be in the rotation for Washington and teach the young starting pitchers on how to do things on the mound.

This will be Hernandez’s second stint with the Nationals/Expos. He played for the organization from 2003 to the middle of the 2006 season, when he was traded to the D-Backs for right-hander Garrett Mock and left-hander Matt Chico.

Hernandez’s best season with the organization was in 2003 when he was 15-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Montreal. He also led the National League in innings pitch from 2003-05 and represented the organization  in 2004 and ’05.  

Hernandez, 34, has played 14 years in the big leagues, going 154-147 with a 4.43 ERA with the Marlins, Giants, Expos, Nationals, D-Backs and Mets. 

It’s not known will be taken off the 25-man roster, when Hernandez joins the team on Wednesday.

There is more to come on 


This signing doesn’t make sense to me. Shouldn’t the Nats get their kids playing time since they are not competing and probably a couple years away from doing so…?

No, this is a good signing as long as Livan can eat up some innings. I thought the lack of any veteran influence all year in the rotation to take the pressure off the youngsters was a risky strategy, as it would put huge pressure on guys like Lannan, Olsen and Zimmermann. If they struggled (which at some point was inevitable) and with the pressure started altering their mechanics, injuries could follow. So far, Olsen and Zimmermann are out long term, and whatever is wrong with Lannan, he’s keeping quiet about.

Whoever said in the spring that Odalis Perez wouldn’t be missed doesn’t know baseball. They needed someone then to take the pressure off the youngsters, and they still need it.

Whatever happened to Matt Chico? Is he still throwing curveballs into the bleachers?

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