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.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.