Nats acquire cannon fodder

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For as bad as he is, even Livan Hernandez has his uses.  Specifically, to go out and pitch a bunch of innings, no matter how ineffective, in order to ease the burden on the young arms of a team already out of the race:

The Nationals signed Livan Hernandez late Tuesday night and wasted no
time inserting the veteran right-hander into their rotation. He’ll
start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, bumping four of Washington’s
other starters back a day and Collin Balester to Class AAA Syracuse.

And we can now officially call off the Bryce Harper derby.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.