El Duque Wants To Pitch In The Majors Again

Orlando Hernandez is still working out and throwing because he wants to play in the majors again, according to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com. El Duque, 44, says he's willing to start or relieve. His agent says several teams are interested, but not quite yet. They'd prefer to wait until after Spring Training to assess their needs.

Hernandez, who signed with the Rangers last year but never made the club, is throwing 82-83 mph, according to Reds scouting director Chris Buckley. Hernandez is focused on returning to the majors for the first time since 2007, but he can see himself working for his agency once he stops pitching.

Hernandez already played a role in recruiting Jose Julio Ruiz for his agency, Legacy Sports. Agent Mike Maulini, who also represents Hernandez, says he's likely to hold an open workout for the many clubs interested in Ruiz soon to "re-establish his market." We heard he was close to signing last month, before he switched agencies.

28 Responses to El Duque Wants To Pitch In The Majors Again Leave a Reply

  1. I’ll always love El Duque because of his contributions to the ’05 White Sox, but I’d be surprised if he’s still any good after pitching just 27 minor league innings in the past two years.

  2. Guest 5 years ago

    Not going to get a Major league Deal.

    • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

      the boldest prediction i’ve heard in a long time 😉

      • Guest 5 years ago

        empathizerightonyourbehind it’s you!!!!!! Say something funny please!!!!!!!!!!

        • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

          well, i can’t tell if you’re serious or not, but i will say this: citing his 7 seasons in the american league, i think “the duque” is a virtual lock for a sub-2.00 ERA if he signs with an NL club. look, that’s not my opinion, that’s just baseball science.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            I was being serious. I think your humor really shines when the discussion is on the Tigers off-season.

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            ha. thanks, i appreciate it buddy. but i can’t take much credit, dombrowski puts those jokes on a tee. a 35-year-old, 8-million-dollar tee.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            You bet.

            I bet Dombo didn’t even expect to go after Valverde or Damon. Getting younger is a necessity but as you said, with the way things went this off-season,

            They should trade Austin Jackson to free up 400k to sign Carl Crawford next off-season to a 6 year 90MM dollar deal!!!

  3. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    Still got a quality breaking ball or two? Might pass as a reliever.

  4. empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

    so… wait… according to mlbtraderumors, el duque was 39 last june but 44 right now. ouch, time has ben rough on ol’ highsocks.

  5. icedrake523 5 years ago

    If he hadn’t injured his foot before the NLDS, the Mets easily would have won the pennant in 2006. He was also their best starter in 2007 and one of the big reasons why they fell apart at the end.

    • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago


      adam wainwright curveball FTW!

      • icedrake523 5 years ago

        Wrong. If El Duque was pitching, that means you don’t have Trachsel’s start (people didn’t think he’d be well enough to pitch and wouldn’t have if El Duque was available). So the Mets would have won in 6 games.

        • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

          yeah, that seems like something you can safely predict. similarly, if mulder and izzy wouldn’t have gotten hurt, the cardinals would have won in 2 1/2. science.

          • icedrake523 5 years ago

            Of course it comes with the assumption that everything else occurred just as it did.

            How about being rational about the discussion? You clearly aren’t if you think they could have won a best of 7 series in 2.5 games.

            Why am I even bothering asking?

          • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

            if you have some spare time in the afternoon, do yourself a favor and google “jokes, getting them.”

            but seriously… sorry for the tough time.

            peace and baseball.

          • icedrake523 5 years ago

            I can never tell who is serious and who is joking here.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            I think the key is knowing that everyone on MLBTradeRumors.com is in a good mood most of the time.

    • I was surprised to see that he had a 3.97 tERA in 147 innings in his final year with the Mets. His fastball that year was 12 (!) runs above average. Pretty nuts.

  6. vtadave 5 years ago

    So El Duque is listed at 44. Guessing in that case he’s really pushing half a century.

    I’ll venture a guess he winds up in SF camp to compete with Todd Wellemeyer for the eight starts that will be available until Madison Bumgarner is brought up for good.

  7. Yankees10 5 years ago

    Really who would sign this guy. The sad part is some team will.

    • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

      probably some poor, scrubby team that doesn’t have two hundred million dollars to blow every year on salary.

      • Yankees10 5 years ago

        Im guessing you were trying to diss the Yankees.

        • empathizerightonyourbehind 5 years ago

          wow, great guess. nothing’s getting past you, Yankees10.

          • Yankees10 5 years ago

            Honestly do you no me have we talked to each other before or is it just that you are jealous that your team doesnt win like the Yankees so you just make yourself feel better by dissing Yankee fans. Get a life.

  8. ryanisgoodlooking 5 years ago

    Satchel Paige was 60-something when he played. nothings impossible. rangers released him for his poor velocity. but Moyer had a fine career overall.

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    3B Joe Randa
    SS Desi Relaford
    LF John VanderWal
    CF Carl “fuggin” Everett
    RF Rusty Greer

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