Livan Hernandez, half-brother of Orlando, were all set to pitch together as Expos in 2003 until El Duque succumbed to a shoulder injury. Livan, a free-agent-to-be, mentioned recently that he still aims to pitch with his half-brother.
El Duque is signed through 2008 as a Met; could they make room for Livan in next year’s rotation? Duque, Oliver Perez, and John Maine are locked in. Tom Glavine’s status is in question; Livan could conceivably fill Glavine’s rotation spot. If Glavine reaches 200 innings this year, he’ll have a $13MM player option for ’08. It might be hard to turn that down.
The market is weak enough where a past-his-prime innings eater like Livan Hernandez might be a hot commodity. If he’s looking for a 3/36 type deal, the Mets would probably pass.