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Phillies sign pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona

Dec 12, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

source:  The Phillies finally made some waves at the Winter Meetings on Thursday as sources tell’s Jim Salisbury that the team has signed free agent pitcher Roberto Hernandez who was formerly known as Fausto Carmona. He pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and finished the year with a 6-13 record and a 4.89 ERA. Here’s what Sully says about the right-hander:

Hernandez struck out a career-high 6.7 batters per nine innings in 2013, while walking just 2.3. An extreme groundball pitcher, Hernandez has a career groundball rate of 57.8 percent. His best season was 2007 with the Indians, when he went 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA and finished fourth in American League Cy Young voting.

The deal is believed to be for one year. I know, surprising from Rube!

Sully also says Hernandez figures to slot into the Phillies rotation right out of spring training.

The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb has more from Amaro:

“It’s more of a depth guy,” Amaro said. “This is not someone who is going to slide into the top of the rotation. He’s in the bottom of the rotation. But we need some depth. Again, we’re trying to get the best bang for our buck. In this marketplace, it’s tough because the prices have soared pretty significantly.”

  1. No Hope - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    This team looks good on paper. Ripped up paper at the bottom of a trash can.

    • dialectician - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Toilet paper.

  2. willh888 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    4.89 ERA for a 33 (36) year old!?


    • mike - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      He might be the youngest player Rube has signed all year.

    • mike - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      He might be the oldest player Rube has signed all year.

  3. Hiccup - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    The new Phillies; seniors, users, losers, dozers; and indendifyable false indentities not to mention overpaid lackadaisical veterans who may or may not cohere to achieve a .500 season.
    Instead of tinkering from the bottom on up let’s clear the front office and work our way down.
    “See him son, he was caught lying about his real age…”
    ” and that one over there gets paid $12 million a year to spit venom on his on team while saving his arm for a different competitor.”
    ” See that guy, he has his ring so he only hustles when he wants to.”
    “And that one there; well he hit a lot of home runs a couple of years but hurt his Achilles lugging the money to the bank.’
    “and him, shoot; he had his best year at 37 years old but his cleats marks spell PED running out of the batters box.”

    • sfsu - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      ” See that guy, he has his ring so he only hustles when he wants to.”

      Or you could go with “there’s the best shortstop in Phillies history,” but if you want to turn your son into a jaded asshole for no reason, go for it.

      • Hiccup - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM


  4. - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    That’s weird, I just got this strange feeling some guy I don’t know named Fausto is in a Phillies uniform…


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