The Phillies traded pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon for two players to be named later. Yes, there’s a very good chance you don’t really know who this guy is.
The Phillies signed Hernandez to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract last December. He went 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 20 starts for the Phillies this year. His last outing was an 8-inning, 5-hit, 0-earned run performance against the Washington Nationals last Friday. The Phillies won that game, 2-1.
There won't be a huge amount of talent going back to the Phillies in this trade, but it's a quality move for the Phillies either way: They traded away a pitcher who wouldn't be with the team next season and got something — two things! — in return. For their part, the Dodgers beefed up their rotation as they make a run at the playoffs.
Through the 2011 season, Hernandez played under the assumed name of Fausto Carmona. Dominican authorities revealed he was playing under a fake name when arresting Hernandez in 2012. He was also three years older than he'd reported.