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David Hernandez | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cosumnes River (CA)
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 16 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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Reds signed RHP David Hernandez to a two-year, $5 million contract.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the contract details. Hernandez pitched with the Diamondbacks and Angels last season while posting a quality 3.11 ERA and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 innings. The 32-year-old will function as a bridge to closer Raisel Iglesias. Jan 30 - 2:01 PM

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A source tells Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer the Reds are targeting free agent reliever David Hernandez.

Hernandez was quietly terrific between the Diamondbacks and Angels in 2017, posting a 3.11 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings in middle relief. Sources said the sides are in "serious discussions" but that a deal isn't imminent. The 32-year-old wouldn't supplant Raisel Iglesias as the team's closer, but he would certainly be a boost to the team's bullpen.
Jan 13 - 6:07 PM

David Hernandez struck out the only batter he faced in Saturday's game against the Cubs to record the save.

Fernando Rodney came on in a non-save situation and was hammered for two runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning, turning a 6-0 advantage into a save situation for Hernandez. The veteran, recently acquired from the Angels, ended up putting out the fire. Still, he is expected to remain in a setup role rather than challenging Rodney for saves.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 12:23:00 AM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP David Hernandez from the Angels for RHP Luis Madero.

Hernandez will slide into a setup role with his old club after posting a cool 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Angels' bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander is scheduled to become a free agent in November, so he'll likely be a rental for the Wild Card-hunting Diamondbacks.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that David Hernandez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

Hernandez pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2011-2015, so it's a very familiar landing spot for the 32-year-old right-hander. He had registered a strong 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Angels' bullpen. Hernandez is set to become a free agent in November. Luis Madero, a minor league right-hander, is headed to Anaheim in return.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Angels are close to trading reliever David Hernandez.

No word yet on where he could be headed, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post mentions the possibility of a reunion with the Diamondbacks. Hernandez has been excellent with the Angels this season, posting a 2.23 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:34:00 PM

With Bud Norris needing a day off, David Hernandez recorded his first save by pitching a scoreless ninth with a two-run lead Wednesday against the Yankees.

The last time Hernandez was asked to close, he blew a three-run lead without getting an out against the White Sox on May 16. He succeeded tonight, but not before allowing three long flyballs, one or two of which could have been homers elsewhere. In Angel Stadium, they resulted in two outs and a double.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 02:01:00 AM

Filling in for Bud Norris, David Hernandez blew a three-run lead while getting no outs in the ninth inning Tuesday against the White Sox.

In Hernandez's defense, Kole Calhoun should have made a play on Avisail Garcia's double to right that was the big blow in the inning. Still, Hernandez didn't retire any of the other three batters he faced. He was only closing tonight because Norris had pitched three days in a row.
Wed, May 17, 2017 02:25:00 AM

Angels purchased the contract of RHP David Hernandez from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Hernandez was acquired from the Braves earlier Monday and will immediately join the big league bullpen. He posted a 3.84 ERA and 9.9 K/9 ratio over 70 appearances with the Phillies last season and should help out in middle relief.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 06:38:00 PM

The newly-acquired David Hernandez is expected to immediately join the Angels' bullpen, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

It makes sense given the extensive injuries with the Angels' relief corps. Hernandez, 31, had a 3.84 ERA with 9.9 K/9 in 70 relief appearances with the Phillies last season and began this year with a 1.12 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over eight innings with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. Bud Norris and Blake Parker appears to be at the top of the depth chart for saves, but Hernandez could be a dark horse option in this brittle bullpen.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 02:08:00 PM

Angels acquired RHP David Hernandez from the Braves for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Angels are missing Cam Bedrosian, Huston Street, Andrew Bailey, and Mike Morin to injury at the moment, so Hernandez will provide an experienced arm for the bullpen. The 31-year-old had a 1.12 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over eight innings with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. He could join the major league roster soon.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Braves signed RHP David Hernandez to a minor league contract.

Hernandez opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants on Friday and apparently likes his potential opportunity with the Braves more. He might have to spend a little time in the minors first but should get a shot in Atlanta.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 03:58:00 PM

Giants released RHP David Hernandez.

Hernandez requested and was granted his released after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The veteran reliever posted a 4.76 ERA over six relief appearances this spring. He has struck out over a batter per inning during his career and shouldn't be out of a job long.
Fri, Mar 24, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Giants signed RHP David Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Giants have been in touch with Hernandez for a while and like the experience that he could add to the bullpen. The 31-year-old fanned 80 batters in 72 2/3 innings last season while posting a 3.84 ERA, though he had issues with home runs and walks. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Hernandez will receive a $1.5 million salary if he makes the major league roster.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 11:23:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are signing reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract.

It's somewhat surprising that Hernandez had to settle for a minor league deal. While the 31-year-old gave up 11 homers and walked 32 batters in 72 2/3 innings with the Phillies last season, he also struck out 80 batters while posting a decent 3.84 ERA. But clearly the interest wasn't there with spring training approaching. The Giants have some options, but Hernandez could be in position to secure a bullpen spot in the spring.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:23:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tucker Barnhart
2Devin Mesoraco
3Stuart Turner
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Dilson Herrera
3Cliff Pennington
4Shedric Long
5Brandon Dixon
SS1Jose Peraza
2Alex Blandino
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Phillip Ervin
3Jose Siri
4Mason Williams
RF1Scott Schebler
2Jesse Winker
3Patrick Kivlehan
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Luis Castillo
4Brandon Finnegan
5Sal Romano
6Robert Stephenson
7Tyler Mahle
8Amir Garrett
9Cody Reed
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3David Hernandez
4Wandy Peralta
5Jared Hughes
6Austin Brice
7Kevin Shackelford
8Kyle Crockett
9Kevin Quackenbush
10Ariel Hernandez
11Joe Mantiply
12Jackson Stephens
13Zack Weiss
14Domingo Tapia