According to the Nationals’ official Twitter page, the Washington GM Mike Rizzo has announced a one-year contract extension for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez.
The money involved has not been revealed just yet, but it seems like a wise move with the information that we do know. Hernandez, 35, has posted a 3.49 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and a 9-9 record this season on a bad Nationals team. His 91 strikeouts and 55 walks aren’t blowing anybody away, but he’s registered two complete games and one shutout.
Hernandez is the consummate innings-eater. He’s tallied at least 175 innings in each of the last 12 seasons and is likely to reach the 200-inning plateau this year.
The Nats will be without Stephen Strasburg in 2011 due to Tommy John surgery. They did well to secure at least one reliable starter for next season.
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Ryan Moseley.
Nuno, 29, went to the Dodgers from the Mariners in the Carlos Ruiz trade this past November. He and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $1.125 million salary for the 2017 season. The left-hander finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.53 ERA and a 51/11 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings spanning one start and 54 relief appearances.
Nuno will provide the Orioles starting pitching depth and could serve as a valuable left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Moseley, 22, played his first season of professional baseball in the New York Penn League last year. In 12 relief appearances, he put up a 3.20 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio across 19 2/3 innings. The Orioles selected him in the eighth round of the 2016 draft.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that Mets GM Sandy Alderson and second baseman Neil Walker‘s agent have been in contact about a contract extension as recently as Saturday. The extension is reportedly three years, including the 2017 season, and “north of $40 million,” according to Ackert’s source.
Walker, 31, accepted the Mets’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. He’s coming off one of the better seasons of his eight-year career, finishing with a .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line along with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. Walker’s season ended in late August as he underwent a lumbar microdisectomy.