Nationals lock up veteran Livan Hernandez for 2011

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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.

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.