Braves Sign Livan Hernandez

2:25pm: The deal guarantees Hernandez $750K, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.

1:56pm: The Braves will sign Livan Hernandez, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. The agreement, a one-year Major League deal, comes hours after the Astros released the veteran right-hander. The Braves have announced the signing.

Even with Tim Hudson sidelined on the disabled list, it seemed as though the Braves would have more than enough starting pitching this year. However, neither Randall Delgado nor Julio Teheran seized the fifth starter's job.

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 Praver/Shapiro client 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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56 Comments on "Braves Sign Livan Hernandez"


Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

That was quick…

notsureifsrs
3 years 5 months ago

atlanta calling the baseball gods’ bluff on this ‘you can never have too much pitching’ thing

Robert_Risteen
3 years 5 months ago

that was quick

tacko
3 years 5 months ago

Great news for the rest of the NL East.

3 years 5 months ago

i guess he’s gonna DH when we play the AL

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 5 months ago

Again.. I don’t understand… there is no way this guy is making the Braves roster.. why bother.. perhaps he is the bat off the bench we were looking for?

jonathan180iq
3 years 5 months ago

He used to own ATL…. not so much anyone else. Great long man though. And honestly, his stats last year were not bad for 1.25 million.

Steven Reid
3 years 5 months ago

I’m glad we got that 3B/LF problem solved.  At least we don’t have to face him anymore….

3 years 5 months ago

…what??? Why?

skattrd
3 years 5 months ago

He adds pitching depth, a bat off the bench and can’t beat us .. he may even end up as part of a deal for a bat.

MaCmAnSuX
3 years 5 months ago

I’m sure that’s exactly what every team wants to do.  Trade a good bat for a 37-year old pitcher who just got released by the Astros.  While we’re at it, you might as well throw in Nate McLouth if you still have him and I’m sure a team will gladly give up their ace as well.

Muggi
3 years 5 months ago

 Depth yes, part of a trade no…he’s got next to no value.

Good signing for the Braves, give them some protection if the young guys stumble…but it’s nothing beyond that.

Arturo Martinez
3 years 5 months ago

as much as I admire him, I think he will not succeed and plus we dont really need too bad.

Jeff
3 years 5 months ago

He’ll be fun to watch, sucks to be Buddy Carlyle though.

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

As much as i love Livo, the braves do realize that its not a good idea to sign a guy just so you don’t have to face him, right?

ultimaparadox
3 years 5 months ago

Glad they have money to waste

jhawk1000
3 years 5 months ago

Good insurance for the 5th starter spot- innings eater who might be decent enough to go 10-10 with a 4.25 era. Could be worse we could still have D Lowe.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 5 months ago

This is awesome, hope the Nationals get to see him at some point

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

Does anyone take into account that this signing is going to hurt the Brave’s Pockets very much… Think about this as well, Teheran is probably going to start in Triple-A, Delgado may as well. They can pick his brain and learn some pretty valuable things from him I am sure.

3 years 5 months ago

750k isnt going to hurt our pockets, and def not “very much”…we just traded away a AAA player for cash considerations last week so its probably a wash as far as $ goes…

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 months ago

Ahhh….meant to type isn’t ….personally I like the signing

ColoradoBravesFan1
3 years 5 months ago

So Buddy Caryle or Todd Redmon can’t provide as much or more than Livan? 

CowboyJames
3 years 5 months ago

Buddy Carlyle still plays? Wasnt he in the Braves’ rotation in like 2006?

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

 That was Kitty Carlisle 😉

ellisburks
3 years 5 months ago

That’s an old reference to tell the truth. :)

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

 HAHAHA Was wondering if anyone would catch it!

ellisburks
3 years 5 months ago

I watch those on Youtube. Great show.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

 It sure was.. Only way could have made it better (and all of them from the 70’s) was to share “Gene, Gene the dancing machine” from the *Gong Show* and have him on all those old 70’s game shows….

3 years 5 months ago

Got diabetes and took some time off. Great story that he’s made his way back…again.

Dave Chiesa
3 years 5 months ago

 This signing makes sense.

Cory Gearrin (18 1/3 MLB innings) and Yohan Flande (0 MLB innings) were both projected to make the opening day roster because they didn’t really have anyone else. Signing Livan gives them a low-cost long reliever/spot starter, and he won’t kill a team in that role.

kray1000
3 years 5 months ago

That would give the Braves the option to use Cristhian Martinez as 6th or 7th inning guy.  Not a bad signing if the price is right.

ChiefTomahawk
3 years 5 months ago

Great signing for the Braves. They add depth to their a very young starting rotation with a veteran pitcher. This also allows us to shop some of the other players for a OF.