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Philadelphia Phillies, P Roberto Hernandez agree to deal

Aug 17, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (40) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It has been announced on Wednesday that the Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Roberto Hernandez have agreed to a one year deal. The contract is reportedly worth $4.5 million.

According to the Associated Press,

The 33-year-old right-hander agreed to the deal last week subject to a physical, and the contract was announced Wednesday.

Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez was arrested in January 2012 on charges of falsifying his identity that were later dropped. Major League Baseball suspended him for three weeks.

He was 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA for Tampa Bay last season, and he is 59-82 with a 4.67 ERA in eight seasons overall, seven with the Cleveland Indians.

Due to the signing of Hernandez, the Phillies had to remove one player from the 40-man roster to make room for the RHP. That player was catcher Sebastian Valle, who was seen to be a top prosepct. From philly.com,

Valle, 23, ranked as high as third on Baseball America’s rankings of the Phillies’ top prospects. That was prior to the 2012 season. Since then, Valle posted OPSes of .699 and .603 while at double-A Reading for the majority of time. He struggled with plate discipline but displayed a raw power stroke.

What do you think of the signing? Is it a good move for the Phillies, or will they regret it later on?

Topics: MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Roberto Hernandez

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