Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/12/12
The Rays began life after James Shields in earnest with their first transaction since the big move Wednesday. The club is reportedly close to inking pitcher Roberto Hernandez — formerly and better known as Fausto Carmona — to a contract. Terms have yet to be revealed, but given his struggles the last two seasons — a 5.41 ERA and 1.8 K/BB in 202 innings — and his suspension for faking his identity, one would imagine the Rays’ commitment is minimal. Just two years ago, though, Hernandez posted a 3.77 ERA and 4.11 FIP in 210 innings — a more than useful piece. The Rays will try to wring that value out of Hernandez’s current form, although likely in a different role. Hernandez provides depth in the Rays’ starting rotation in the sense that he has an extensive history as a starting pitcher, but the Rays have much better options. He won’t crack the opening day five over Alex Cobb or Jeff Niemann. Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome all present more appealing depth options out of the
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