Phillies trade Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer with the report:
Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Dodgers for two PTBNL.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 7, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that it’s two players to be named later or cash considerations, which is often the case when C-listers are moved in August. If the Phillies wind up with a pair of players, they’re not likely to be difference-makers, but they’re free lottery tickets. When the Phillies sent third baseman Michael Young to the Dodgers last August, they received Rob Rasmussen in return, who they then used to acquire Brad Lincoln in the off-season. [Update: The Phillies will get two “lower-level minor leaguers”, per ESPN’s Jayson Stark.]
As it happens, Roberto Hernandez was supposed to be tonight’s starter for the series finale against the Houston Astros. The Phillies have called up Sean O’Sullivan to start in his place, according to KYW’s Matt Leon.
A few days ago, I wrote up Hernandez, as he has gone on another run of good pitching and has overall done a good job for the Phillies this season. However, because his strikeout rate has fallen, his walk rate has skyrocketed, and he’s been on the fortunate end of batted ball luck, Hernandez doesn’t portend to be much better than replacement level going forward unless he makes some changes.
The Dodgers acquired Hernandez because he provides the club with rotation depth. Josh Beckett has pitched poorly and hasn’t gone deep into games lately due to a hip injury, and Dan Haren has had a miserable season despite making a strong start against the Angels last night. Hernandez, who signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with the Phillies back in December, can become a free agent after the season.