David Hernandez looked like a non-tender candidate after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April, but the Diamondbacks decided to keep him around and have now avoided arbitration with the right-handed reliever for $2 million. This according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
Hernandez was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time. He can be a free agent next winter.
The 31-year-old has posted a decent 4.14 ERA (101 ERA+), 1.316 WHIP, and 381 strikeouts in 380 2/3 career major league innings. He should be recovered from surgery by the second month of the 2015 season.
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.