Tampa Bay Rays closing in on Roberto Hernandez / Fausto Carmona

After seven seasons with the Indians, it appears that Roberto Hernandez (Carmona) will not be back again. After a wild off-season that saw his true identity revealed, and a mostly down 2012 when he finally did appear in some games, Hernandez is reportedly close to signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hernandez had some moments with the Tribe and gave fans a spectacular 2007 that he was never able to live up to in subsequent years. He battled control issues despite having pretty spectacular movement the entire time. In the end Hernandez lost 69 times compared to 53 wins in his seven seasons. He started 153 games and pitched nearly 1000 innings.

It will be interesting to see what kind of career Hernandez is able to create for himself from this point forward. Will it be in the rotation or will he go back to his roots as a rookie and hit the bullpen? One thing’s for sure, it won’t be in Cleveland anymore.

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  • mgbode

    i would think the rays would only risk him in the pen

  • Why do I feel like this dude owes me money or something?

  • Natedawg86

    Who is Roberto Hernandez? Does anyone ever know what happened with Carmona? I wonder what he is up to now-a-days.

  • MallaLubba

    Why would they be interested in both of these players?

  • mgbode

    you get 2 RP for 1 spot on your 25man roster

  • architrance

    I think Robbie Hernandez must have been the “Player to be Named Later” in that James Shields trade?

  • Steve

    Because you aren’t including what he gave us in 2007 for less than 400k. The guy has been paid just over $18 million for his career. Between 2007 and 2010, we’ve received that much value back.

  • cjjonescj

    Will we always now need to refer to him by both names ??? I think it’s time to drop the Fausto and just see if anybody knows who we are talking about.

  • LaundroMat


  • Vindictive_Pat

    Good riddance… man, I don’t care how cheap he was, he flat out sucked after that 2007 gem of a season (where he proceeded to implode in the Boston series giving up 11 earned runs in 6 innings).

  • mgbode

    I don’t know about you, but I’ll be telling my grandkids about The Midge Game.

    There are not too many athletes/sports-moments that I know for sure I will be telling them about and even fewer that have a happy ending. Carmona-Hernandez is among them though.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    The midge game was indeed awesome. Am I stirring things up too much by saying that Carmona (at the time) was probably used to pitching among thousands of insects in the DR?

  • mgbode

    probably, considering he spent most of his previous 5 seasons in Mahoning Valley, Akron, and Buffalo

  • terminaltower


  • Vindictive_Pat

    Ahh, but you forget winter ball!

  • mgbode

    which ended up being his undoing. i haven’t been to the caribbean in the winter (well, ever but still). do they have the same bug issues in the winter?