Astros Release Livan Hernandez

The Astros announced that they have released right-hander Livan Hernandez. The Astros had signed Hernandez to a minor league deal in January and would have owed the Praver/Shapiro client $100K if they had placed him on the Opening Day roster.

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 37-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.

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  1. TxCrawler 3 years ago

    Wow, did not expect this at all. I thought for sure he had a spot on the rotation, at least as an innings eater/mentor to the youngsters.

  2. brian310 3 years ago

    Cubs got this

  3. “And he shall be Leavin'”

  4. rootman1010 3 years ago

    Possibly the A’s? Or Royals?

  5. letsgonats 3 years ago

    dude just eats innings. And hits 3 home runs a year.  Hope he gets to retire on his terms.

    • Chucky Doll 3 years ago

      We should’ve kept him for a bat off of the bench since we have a power outage on this team!

    • VivaJackMurphy 3 years ago

      He’s listed at 245, so I’d say he eats a lot more than innings. 

  6. Jeff 3 years ago

    I wish the Braves had room for him.  He’s just a fun pitcher to watch, one of my favorites, even if he is a 5th starter type.  At worst, he’s more entertaining then Buddy Carlyle (no offense to Buddy, I also like him)

    • Chucky Doll 3 years ago

      I definitely like him as a player, always have, but Atlanta needs him even less than Houston!  He is a quality guy who brings certain intangibles to a team/clubhouse and that is the one thing I think the Astros should’ve kept him around for.  At the end of the day however, we are going to be terrible again this year and we need to see what our “inventory” is really made of.

    • letsgonats 3 years ago

      i agree, when i stopped wearing my fantasy baseball hat and put on my baseball fan hat, he is a joy to watch.  He acts loafy but is fierece competitor,  the rookies like him, and his 62 MPH pitches drive everyone crazy.

    • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

      guess what?? He´s a Braves already

    • coreybishop 3 years ago

      How about you make more wishes for the Braves? But really good ones this time 😛

  7. mtex 3 years ago

    “37-year old” makes me laugh.

  8. Something is going wrong if you’re being released by the Astros. Someone will pick him up ASAP.

  9. kräftig. entschieden 3 years ago


  10. j6takish 3 years ago

    This is an odd move. The Astros are destined for 100 losses and they have a lot of innings that somebody has to pitch. The kids can’t throw them all

  11. Brian McKeever 3 years ago

    The last few years have been split between the “good” Livo and the “bad” Livo.  He was in “good” mode from the time the Nats brought him back in late 2009 until early on last year, when he slipped back into “bad” mode.  The “good” Livo is a great bargain for the money.  The “bad” Livo is not someone who is even worth it as an innings eater.

    That said, I’ve loved the guy ever since he won the Nats very first home game back in 2005 and I hope is isn’t through yet.

  12. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    #1 draft pick is what they’re thinking

  13. Chucky Doll 3 years ago

    You are kidding right?  While he “projects” to be an effective innings-eater, he is in actuality a guy who will toss 150-180 innings of near 5.00 ERA ball.  His career WHIP shows he allows a ton of base runners and that is certainly not something the Astros need.  Weiland has been nothing short of extremely good this spring and Lyles is young and has a far superoir arsenal.  This is also not including Harrell who is having a very nice spring and is no doubt still in the mix for a rotation spot should the Astros think Lyles needs more time in the minors. 

    The bottom line is that this team needs to see what these young guys have to offer and they are not going to be able to do so if they maintain the Ed Wade mentality of bringing in over-the-hill guys.

  14. Chucky Doll 3 years ago

    And you will notice I left out Happ because the mere mention of his name makes me want to scream profanities!  I will certainly agree with your Livan argument in regards to Happ.

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