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Source: Phillies, Hernandez agree on 1-year contract

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The Canadian Press
12/12/2013 2:11:49 PM
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies kept their aces and added another starter.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that right-hander Roberto Hernandez and Phillies agreed to a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not been completed and the player must pass a physical.

The 33-year-old Hernandez was formerly known as Fausto Carmona. He was arrested in January 2012 on charges of falsifying his identity that were later dropped. Major League Baseball suspended him for three weeks.

Last year, he was 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA for Tampa Bay, and he is 59-82 with a 4.67 ERA over eight seasons overall, seven with the Cleveland Indians.

Hernandez gives the Phillies depth on their staff. He is expected to compete for one of two spots in their rotation.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made the move on the final day of baseball's winter meetings. The Phillies also selected right-hander Kevin Munson from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft.

Among the top rumours earlier in the week were reports that Amaro was shopping Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels along with closer Jonathan Papelbon and All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown.

Amaro and manager Ryne Sandberg shot down reports that Lee and Hamels were available. The Phillies are looking to rebound from their first losing season in 11 years and hope to make another post-season run. They signed veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz. Both moves are indicative of a team that's trying to contend, not rebuild.

Adding Hernandez also fits in that category.

Hernandez has his best season with the Indians was in 2007 when he was 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA and finished fourth in AL Cy Young Award voting. He was 13-14 with a 3.77 ERA in 2010 and made the All-Star team.

Lee, Hamels and Kyle Kendrick fill Philadelphia's top three spots in the rotation. Hernandez, Cuban righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and righties Ethan Martin and Jonathan Pettibone will compete for the final two.

Roberto Hernandez  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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