That Didn’t Take Long
At 12:07pm EST today the Houston Astros announced that they had released 37-year old right handed starter Livan Hernandez, who signed a minor league contract with the team during this past winter. Then at 2:02pm EST, CBS Sports and MLB Network columnist Jon Heyman tweeted that the Braves signed Hernandez.
But wait. There’s more. The Braves just happen to be playing the Astros today at their spring training home in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Sixteen minutes after Heyman’s report, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted that Hernandez walked into the Braves clubhouse.
And just like that, Livan Hernandez became an Atlanta Brave.
The move makes sense for the pitching rich Braves. Hernandez doesn’t cost much, probably around $1M. He earned $1.25M last year with the Nationals, but his deal with the Astros was not guaranteed. More importantly though, it gives Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, ranked as the 5th and 41st top overall minor league prospects by Baseball Prospectus, more time to develop in the minors under less pressure. Neither Teheran nor Delgado had pitched particularly well this spring. They have combined to surrender 32 runs in 30 innings.