Feb
16

Yankees land F. Hernandez

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Oh, did you think I meant Felix? Nah, it’s just some guy named Fernando Hernandez. The Yankees inked him to a minor league contract according to Matt Eddy, and I assume he’ll report for duty at either the Double or Triple-A level when the season begins.

Hernandez is not much of a prospect, last appearing in Baseball America’s annual handbook back before the 2008 season. Oakland grabbed him from the White Sox in the Rule 5 Draft that year (ranked 29th in their system), and he made three whole appearances in the show before banished to the minors, from which he’s never returned. Hernandez pitched to a 4.11 FIP (7.56 K/9, 2.91 uIBB/9) in 77.1 IP with the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate last summer, though in 2009 he was quite good: 2.81 FIP with 9.05 K/9, 3.23 uIBB/9, and 0.26 HR/9 in 69.2 IP. Baseball America compared him to Matt Guerrier back in 2008 because he’s a command and control reliever rather than a huge stuff guy.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions

28 Comments»

  1. crux says:

    That headline was not kind to my heart. I almost went crazy at work.

  2. A.D. says:

    29.1 uIBB/9

    Gotta be a decimal place off there right?

  3. BK2ATL says:

    This is just a cruel joke….

  4. Not cool, guys. I actually thought it was Felix.

    (takes Advil)

  5. squishy jello person says:

    That’s just mean.

  6. Thomas says:

    I first saw “Yankees land Hernandez” and was excited. Then I saw it was “Yankees land F. Hernandez” and knew it was a joke due to the vagueness.

  7. Jerome S. says:

    april fools came early, go to hell!

  8. Mike Myers says:

    You cant do that to us mike!

    Some one is gonna have a heart attack….3rd degree murder son!

  9. Dougie Q says:

    Damn that was rough. Nicely done

  10. T-Dubs says:

    I’d rather Fernando. Felix seems overweight.

  11. rek4gehrig says:

    Not funny, not funny at all :-)

  12. felixbanuelos says:

    Lick my cleanly shaven Bawls mike

  13. The Constant Gardner says:

    Jerk.

  14. Jesus Montero's Brain says:

    WOW, you got me.

  15. Manimal says:

    Cruelllllllllllllllll

  16. Simon says:

    Thanks for the heart attack! I need some Tylenol…..

  17. Ken says:

    HA! nice joke. i knew there was no way they could have gotten felix -.-

  18. FachoinaNYY says:

    This was my brain upon reading headline:

    -”KingFelix?!?!”
    -”Wait, no way it would have a big headline…”
    -”WAIT, maybe it just happened and they haven’t had time to give a big write up!!!!”

    …and then I read the first line of the post.

    All happened in like .5 seconds haha

  19. Sean C says:

    I assume he’s going to AA… We can’t possibly have enough room in Scranton for him, right?

  20. Jon says:

    That was a cruel joke as I also believed it was King Felix.

  21. mike_h says:

    not cool mike, not cool. I saw this in my rss reader and nearly got a heartattack

  22. Midland TX says:

    Sorry, but I doubt anything like this will shock me again after I jumped out of my seat when I saw the headline “Yanks acquire Swisher, Texeira.” After thinking “HOLY ****!” I then thought, as the link was loading, “But why would they list Swisher first?”

  23. Midland TX says:

    I also recall Davey Johnson at a press conference years ago, talking about Houston’s Kevin Hatcher getting suspended for corking his bat: “When I heard the news, I figured it was that goofball down in L.A. [i.e. Mickey Hatcher].” Heh.

  24. JM_LR says:

    Waoo I was almost post it on fb as soon as I read the title. You got me

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