Phillies Trade Away Pitcher (No, Not One You’re Attached To)

Roberto Hernandez, who signed a one-year deal with the Phillies this offseason, is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two players to be named later.

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.