Fausto Carmona, A.K.A. Roberto Hernandez, is now a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. The former Cleveland Indians starting pitcher was arrested in the Dominican Republic in January of this year for using a false name on his U.S. Visa. His real name is Roberto Hernandez, but he had been in the United States and pitching for the Indians under the name Fausto Carmona. Hernandez had to go through an investigation and had a difficult time obtaining a new U.S. Visa. But he did, and now he has signed with the Rays.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Hernandez has signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.
#Rays deal with RHP Roberto Hernandez (former Fausto Carmona) is 1 year, $3.25M. Includes $1.85M in incentives, but some IP, some relief app
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 18, 2012
Hernandez actually returned to the States and was able to pitch for the Indians toward the end of the 2012 season. he mad three starts in August and posted a 7.53 ERA. He had missed most of the season while trying to clear up his legal troubles.
Hernandez has spent seven years in the Majors and has a 4.64 career ERA. He had two good seasons with Cleveland. In 2007, he went 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA. In 2010, he had a 13-14 record with a 3.77 ERA.
The Rays are taking a flier on Hernandez considering the numbers he put up in 2012. However, Tampa Bay has made a name for itself by taking risks like this. It sounds, from the contract, like Hernandez will be used more in relief than as a starter, but he would likely be able to fill in for a spot start when needed.
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