Making official what was reported as nearly done last week, the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona).
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times he’ll get $3.25 million in guaranteed money and $1.85 million in potential incentives, which is a pretty nice score for a guy who threw all of 14 innings this year and has posted an ERA below 5.00 once since 2008.
Hernandez is expected to compete for a rotation spot, but Topkin notes that some of his incentives are based on relief appearances. Carmona hasn’t worked as a reliever since his rookie season with the Indians in 2006.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.