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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.