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Livan Hernandez

Calculations have shown that the Red Sox are approximately $2 million off of the luxury tax threshold. While they will probably have to cross that threshold to field a competitive team, they are still in the market for cheap, solid options rather than flashy names like Roy Oswalt and Hiroki Kuroda. One of those cheap options that could fill out the #5 hole in their rotation is Livan Hernandez. Hernandez was his usual self in 2011, posting a 4.47/3.96/4.28 pitchers' line while going 8-13. He also struck out 5.08 batters per nine and walked 2.36 per nine. All of those numbers are around his career average. While Hernandez did not reach 200 innings in 2011-- he was hampered by injuries and only made 29 starts, posting 175.1 innings. The previous year, in 2010, he reached 211.2 innings. Hernandez will be 37 when the season starts, however, which raises some questions and a plus. The question marks: age, his strikeout totals are going down, how he would adjust to the AL East, and could he stay healthy. The plus: because of his age, he would come on a cheap, one year deal worth something like 1 yr/$3 million. If the Sox used Hernandez to fill out the rotation, I'd be pretty happy. Thanks for reading!


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