Mets, Livan Hernandez Agree To One Year Contract

Livan HernandezNews is breaking from Christian Red of the Daily News this morning that the Mets have signed another potential starter/long man/minor leaguer in the form of Livan Hernandez. There were rumors last season that Omar Minaya was looking at Hernandez but never pulled the trigger. It comes one season too late for El Duque and Livan to be able to play together.

Hernandez will be 34 years old next week and he’s listed at 6’2″ 220 pounds. But he looks more like 240 pounds to me. He’s got a bad body and really hasn’t pitched very well since the 2005 season with Montreal. He was waived by Arizona last season and picked up by Colorado in August.

His contract is a minor league deal for 1-year/$1 million plus $1 million in incentives. My guess is that he spends most, if not all, of the season at Triple-A Buffalo. He’ll be a third level insurance policy in case there are catastrophic break downs in the bullpen or the fifth starter spot.

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Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.

4 thoughts on “Mets, Livan Hernandez Agree To One Year Contract

    1. Dave Doyle Post author

      I have some serious doubts about his age too. And this really shows how little faith that Minaya has in Niese and Parnell’s ability to step in at the big league level this year.

      1. Mike G

        I have my doubts about Niese from what little i saw of him last year.I think Parnell has more upside,but probably isn’t ready yet.Omar is just trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Redding,Garcia and Hernandez.You’re right though i think Hernandez is closer to 44 than 34-much closer.I think as long as he’s healthy Garcia gets the nod.I have more concerns about the consistency of the offense than anything else

  1. Dave Doyle Post author

    I’m concerned about the offense as well. 2B, LF, and C are all offensive black holes right now. I really doubt we can count on Fernando Tatis for another year like he had last year.

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