Aaron Gleeman

Phillies sign reliever David Hernandez

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Right-hander David Hernandez, who returned from Tommy John elbow surgery to show signs of his old self for the Diamondbacks, has agreed to a deal with the Phillies according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Hernandez was a dominant setup man early in his career, but his strikeout rate dipped in 2013 and then he missed all of 2014 following surgery. He came back to throw 34 innings in 2015, posting a 4.28 ERA and 33/11 K/BB ratio.

He’ll likely be slated for a setup role in Philadelphia, although it’s possible Hernandez could work his way into the closer mix if the Phillies end up trading Ken Giles for a big package of prospects.