Roberto Hernandez was supposed to start for the Phillies tonight against the Astros, but instead he’s been traded to the Dodgers for a pair of players to be named later or cash considerations.
Los Angeles was in the market for rotation reinforcements and instead of making a big splash the Dodgers decided to pick up the impending free agent formerly known as Fausto Carmona on the cheap.
Hernandez has pitched decently for the Phillies on a one-year, $4.5 million contract, posting a 3.87 ERA in 121 innings mostly spent as a starter. As usual his strikeout and walks rates aren’t impressive, but he induces a lot of ground balls and keeps the ball in the ballpark.
For now the Dodgers may decide to stash Hernandez in the bullpen–where he’s made three appearances this year and 42 appearances for his career–and keep him available to jump into the rotation if needed down the stretch.
Setting their rotation for the beginning of the ALDS versus the Blue Jays, the Rangers announced that right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 and left-hander Cole Hamels will start Game 2.
Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season, but averaged just 5.6 innings per start and hasn’t completed six or more innings in a start since mid-August. Clearly the Rangers will be hoping for five or six innings from him before turning it over to the bullpen.
Hamels, on the other hand, averaged seven innings in his 12 post-trade starts for the Rangers, including tossing a complete-game against the Angels in the regular season finale. He’s obviously the Rangers’ best starting pitcher, but because Hamels was needed to clinch the division title in Game 162 he’s not available to start Game 1 of the playoffs.
In the seemingly never-ending trend of front office officials getting new titles, the Cleveland Indians just announced that General Manager Chris Antonetti has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations and Mike Chernoff is now the GM.
Antonetti has been the Tribe’s GM for the past five years and is moving up in the wake of team president Mark Shapiro moving on to Toronto. Shapiro, however, also held business side responsibilities which Antonetti will not assume. Meaning, as before, he will be the top guy on baseball ops decisions, albeit with a grander title.
Chernoff has been an assistant GM for five years and has been with the organization for the past 12 years. As many new GMs these days he will, functionally speaking, still be an assistant when it comes to baseball decisions.