Roberto Hernandez sat out the first four-plus months of the season following the revelation that Fausto Carmona was a false identity, but unfortunately for the Indians changing his name hasn’t changed his pitching any.
Hernandez failed to make it out of the third inning last night against the A’s due to an ankle injury and has now allowed 15 runs in 14.1 innings spread over three starts. Within that terrible performance he’s managed a grand total of just two strikeouts in 62 plate appearances, which is worrisome even for a guy who’s never missed many bats.
He also had a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts last season and since what appeared at the time to be a breakout 2007 campaign Hernandez has thrown 659 innings with a 5.06 ERA and ugly 33-51 record. New name, same pitcher.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”