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Reds release David Hernández

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Right-handed reliever David Hernández has been released by the Reds, the team confirmed Sunday. Hernández was designated for assignment on Friday and cleared waivers shortly thereafter.

To say that the 34-year-old righty has had a rough go of it this season would be an understatement. Through 47 appearances for the Reds, he’s produced just two saves alongside an 8.02 ERA, somewhat offset by a solid 11.2 SO/9 and 2.65 SO/BB rate. Complicating matters: a right shoulder strain, which kept him sidelined for two weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Even when healthy, however, he struggled in nearly every outing this month, allowing eight runs, four walks, and striking out just three of 23 batters over 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Still, there’s some reason to believe that Hernández could turn his season around, albeit with a different team. He pitched well during his first campaign with the Reds in 2018, finishing his run with a 2.53 ERA and 1.1 fWAR across 64 innings of relief, and has taken some strides to improve his strikeout rate in 2019 as well. Should he manage to avoid further injury over the next several weeks, he stands a good chance of latching on with another team as the season draws to a close.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.