Thursday, June 11, 2009

"El Duque" signs minor league deal with Texas Rangers

Orlando Hernandez, winner of three World Series rings with the Yankees and one with the White Sox, has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. "El Duque" also spent time with the Diamondbacks (a whopping nine games) and Mets, but hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2007.

It's a low-risk move signing Hernandez, who is somewhere between 39 and 43 years old, but with a few injured pitchers and the Rangers trying to contend all season in the AL West the move could prove worthwhile for the team.

It is a bit surprising that "El Duque" got a deal before his former Met teammate Pedro Martinez, but it had been rumored that Pedro's demands were in the $5 million range for a half-year contract so maybe it's not so surprising after all.

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