Rays close to deal with RHP Roberto Hernandez, former Fausto Carmona
UPDATE, 2:38: Nothing official from the Rays, and it could be several days for the physical, and thus the deal, to be completed.
BREAKING: The Rays are close to signing free agent RHP Roberto Hernandez, previously with Cleveland and formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Hernandez, 32, would provide depth for the rotation after the trades of James Shields and Wade Davis, or could end up in the bullpen.
(And, no, not the Roberto Hernandez who pitched for the Rays in 1998-2000 and is now 48.)
Hernandez is looking to re-establish his career and his value. He missed most of last season due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic after being caught falsifying his identity and didn't make his debut for the Indians until Aug. 12, going 0-3, 7.53 then being shut down with an ankle injury. The Indians declined a $6-million option.
Hernandez could give the Rays depth for the rotation after the trades of James Shields and Wade Davis, and a possible long man in the bullpen.
He was 13-14, 3.77 in 2010 and an AL All-Star, then dropped to 7-15, 5.25 in 2011.
When Hernandez is going well, he is primarily a ground ball pitcher, which could play well in front of the Rays defense.