New York Mets Sign Livan Hernandez

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2009

The Mets have added yet another pitcher to compete with Freddy Garcia, Jon Niese and Tim Redding for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

The Daily News is reporting that the Mets have signed 34-year-old pitcher Livan Hernandez.

Hernandez will make $1 million, which could double with incentives.

Hernandez is the half brother of former Met, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

Last season, he posted a 13-11 record and a 6.05 ERA with both the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies.

Hernandez is a rather durable pitcher and has not pitched less than 180 innings since 1998. He also has postseason experience and pitched in both the 1997 World Series with the Florida Marlins, as well as the 2002 World Series with the Giants.

This is a good pickup for the Mets, as they picked up a pitcher who can eat innings, which could prove useful if other members of the pitching staff become injured at some point.