Trying to add depth to the rotation, general manager inked soon to be 34 year-old Livan Hernandez to a minor league contract worth reportedly $1 million for the next season.
The half brother of former Mets Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez was a combined 13-11 with a 6.05 ERA in 31 starts for Minnesota and Colorado last season. In 180.0 innings, he allowed 257 hits, 129 runs, 121 earned, with 43 walks and 67 strikeouts.
He began the year with the Twins and posted a 10-8 record with a 5.48 ERA in 23 starts and gave up 199 hits, 93 runs, 85 earned, with 29 walks and 54 strikeouts over 139.2 innings of work. Hernandez was designated for assignment on August 1st and was claimed off waivers by Colorado on August 6th. For the Rockies he was 3-3 with an 8.03 ERA in eight starts…In 40.1 innings, he permitted 58 hits, 36 runs, earned, with 14 walks and 13 strikeouts.
Hernandez will compete with Freddy Garcia, rookie Jon Niese, and Tim Redding for the No. 5 slot in the rotation.