Once again Ned Colletti is making August moves. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired 33-year-old right-hander Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies for two players to be named or cash. This move helps to solidify the Dodgers starting rotation and long relief out of the bullpen after the ACL injury to Paul Maholm. Hernandez is 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA over 121 IP thus far in 2014.
The move should also serve as a wake up call for Dan Haren. The fifth spot in the rotation is no longer guaranteed for Haren and Don Mattingly now has someone to call on should Haren continue to falter. Haren silenced the critics in his most recent start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, throwing 7 1/3 innings and only allowing three hits in a win, moving his record to 9-9. The Dodgers made the trade for Hernandez after his best outing of the year, throwing eight shutout innings against the Washington Nationals.
Hernandez has an interesting past and one that most baseball enthusiasts remember well. Spending a little more than six years with the Cleveland Indians, Hernandez went by the name of Fausto Carmona. News broke of this odd story and MLB suspended Hernandez for most of the 2012 season. It was also found out that Hernandez was three years older than originally stated when he first entered the league.
Aside from a dodgy past, Hernandez has been pitching well and will provide a solid option should another injury occur. Hernandez is likely to make his first start on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, taking Josh Beckett‘s spot. Beckett will skip a start to get some rest for his left hip impingement. This trade could also mean more between the Dodgers and Phillies.
The Phillies have been known to send players to Los Angeles over the years and perhaps a move for Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon could be in the works.