According to Mets.com, El Duque may be playing with his half-brother, Livan Hernandez, for the Mets in 2008.
While the chase for Santana may remain stalled, the Mets are reportedly close to a deal with Livan.
Hernandez, 32, finished 11-11 for the D-Backs in '07, and unlike Orlando, durability is not an issue. He started 33 games last season, while his half-brother and possible teammate only started 24.
In the past decade, Livan has pitched 200 innings in nine out of the ten years. Certainly he would make up for the loss of innings Tom Glavine provides, and with the questionable health of Martinez and El Duque, Hernandez would be strong insurance for the blue and orange.
What Hernandez won't become is the powerhouse the Mets have been lacking. With a 4.93 ERA last season, Hernandez will provide innings and health, but not much else.
Nonetheless, Hernandez remains one of the top guns in the free agent market and I wouldn't mind seeing him in Flushing next season.
If the Mets are able to pull off a deal with Livan, they will still be in the hunt for Santana. The Twins are interested in what the Mets have to offer and the Amazins' still remain the frontrunners.
But, let's not get too excited about Livan yet...Do we really even want him?
They are "close" to a deal.
Yeah, that's what they said about Yorvit Torrealba too.