Friday, December 11, 2015

Hernandez Signs With The Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies signed right-handed reliever David Hernandez to a one-year, $3.9 million contract. The former Elk Grove H.S. and CRC pitcher will now join his third Major League Baseball organization.

Hernandez, 30, went 1-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Arizona. He missed 2014 and the first two months of the '15 season following Tommy John surgery. Before that, Hernandez was Arizona's setup man, compiling a 3.42 ERA and picking up 17 saves over three seasons. He began his career with the Orioles, who drafted him in the 16th round in the 2005 Draft.
David Hernandez, now a Phillie

"It was a priority for us to add someone to the back of our bullpen who has pitched in high-level situations in the past," Phillies GM Matt Klentak said. "Throughout the last couple of months, we've been adding a lot of depth to our bullpen. Many of those players don't come with a lot of experience. So we wanted to make sure that we added at least one player who added a lot of experience who could help to pitch in the late part of the game."

Phillies president Andy MacPhail and Klentak were with the Orioles when Hernandez made his big league debut in 2009. Player development director Joe Jordan helped draft Hernandez in '05.

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