Astros Sign Livan Hernandez

The Astros have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. The Praver/Shapiro client would provide Houston with rotation depth if he makes the team out of Spring Training.

Hernandez posted a 4.47 ERA with 5.1 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 42.4% ground ball rate in 175 1/3 innings for the 2011 Nationals. The 36-year-old has averaged 216 innings and a 4.44 ERA since 1998, his first full season as a big league starter, and has completed at least 175 innings in each of the past 14 seasons. He earned $1.25MM in 2011, but didn't obtain guaranteed money from the Astros.


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49 Comments on "Astros Sign Livan Hernandez"


mtex
3 years 6 months ago

This made me laugh out loud. I’m not sure why.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Definition of a workhorse. Meaning that he pitches a lot of innings, and kind of looks like a horse.

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

He’ll end up with Washington before season’s end somehow…

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 6 months ago

As a Nats fan, godspeed Livo. He’s kind of a funny guy to have on your team. Hope his housing stuff gets figured out.

j6takish
3 years 6 months ago

Hard to believe he is only 36, feels like he has been around forever. Dude loves playing and just won’t go away, kinda have to respect that. This is not the first time he has signed a minor league deal, I expect him to claw his way back to the bigs sometime this season

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

Do you really think he is 36? From Cuba and the half-brother of El Duque. C’mon son!

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 6 months ago

 I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in his early 40’s (or late 80’s)

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 6 months ago

Nationals fans appreciate the years Livan spent in the Nations capital and seeing his mid-60’s curve ball floater is one of the funniest things ever

Best of luck in Houston, Livan

LoveDemNats
3 years 6 months ago

While we’re happy the Nats are finally good enough NOT to need him, Livo will be missed in DC.  He’s been a big part of the franchise’s early years in DC and I hope he’ll be remembered for that.

rovert22044
3 years 6 months ago

I love how most people are laughing at this because it’s a signing by the Astros… If the Yankees signed this guy, most comments would be, “Low risk! High reward! Not bad for a minor league deal! I like it!” But since it’s the Astros, you guys are laughing at him and the team.

Grow up. So many immature people on this site (which has what kept me from posting the past few months).

pastlives
3 years 6 months ago

was this meant to be pre-emptive or….? maybe you should read the actual comments first

3 years 6 months ago

Actually if the Yankees signed Livan we would be busting their chops even more.

See Bartolo Colon last year.

Henry
3 years 6 months ago

hey no offense but the astros r no sought the worst team in the mlb and they barely have talent.

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 6 months ago

“barely have talent”. Does it take one to know one?

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 6 months ago

Livan wears his war wound like a crown..

letsgonats
3 years 6 months ago

Livo was awesome for Nats. He just chews up innings.  And he loves to hit.  Expect a .275 and 3 HR too!   i agree seeing his 60 MPH stuff is one of the highlights and seeing players miss or pound it into their foot is funny.   Some days are dreadful but Predictions.  9-15   4.89 ERA,  204 IP and a solid veteran to help Houston get ready for the future.   Glad to see he is still in MLB

3 years 6 months ago

Keith Law turned down a job with the Astros, but they still wanted to hire someone obsessed with food.

Hal_Jordan77
3 years 6 months ago

That probably wasn’t a factor in the Astros decision, but it may have influenced Livan’s decision.  Houston is known as one of the top cities for food.

3 years 6 months ago

pretty smart move by the Astros. Lyles could use some innings at AAA being only 21, and they need an inning eater to save the very young bullpen workload especially if/when Wandy gets traded. If he does well, they can trade him at the all star break.
I don’t think he will get lit up at MMP. He has a very high ground ball rate. The Astros infielders don’t field so good though, so this could bring out a whole new set of problems though.

jmag043
3 years 6 months ago

42% GB is worse than league average.

3 years 6 months ago

I cannot wait for Astros-Rockies. Livan vs. Moyer. Retro Night.

jmag043
3 years 6 months ago

Moyer at 49 and Livan’s real age is probably around there too.

3 years 6 months ago

Ever wondered why Livan always wears the No. 61?

3 years 6 months ago

Why do I feel like the Yankees or Red Sox should have explored signing Livan?

jmag043
3 years 6 months ago

Worth almost 2 WAR and can’t get a major league deal.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

I’m pretty surprised as well that no one gave him a major league deal. I can think of at least a half dozen teams that could use him as somehting between a #3 and #5 starter. Obviously he would have likely come on the cheap too.

3 years 6 months ago

Why is he worse than Aaron Harang again? LOL dodgers again

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 6 months ago

I like this move for the Astros.  I also think that Livan is going to make a very good pitching coach someday.  Dude has nine lives; anyone that can have any kind of success with the stuff he’s got left has to know pitching.  He just has to.

Hal_Jordan77
3 years 6 months ago

He may be a pitching coach this year(at least unofficially).  I think he’d make a better pitching coach than the Astros’ current pitching coach(Doug Brocail).

monkeyking42
3 years 6 months ago

Can’t believe anyone is badmouthing this signing.  Minor league deal for a guy who has been a league-average starter the last few years?  Any team in baseball should be happy with that.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

More than a few teams should have been happy digning him to a real contract for the bigs. This is just one of those head-scratchers.

3 years 6 months ago

Probably only headed to the Astros to mentor some of the younger pitchers on the staff!