Livan Hernandez
Livan Hernandez
44-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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There was no outlook written for Livan Hernandez in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed with the Brewers in June of 2012.
Livan Hernandez: Will File Retirement Papers Thursday
PFree Agent  
March 12, 2014
Hernandez will file his retirement papers Thursday, reports.
Despite his desire to pitch last season, no teams came knocking with a major league deal and the right-hander has decided now is "the right time" to call it a career. A two-time All-Star, Hernandez burst onto the scene in 1997 and was awarded the World Series MVP after winning Games 1 and 5 for the Marlins. In 44 appearances between Atlanta and Milwaukee in 2012, Hernandez posted a 6.42 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
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Hernandez logged 175.1 innings for the Nationals and pitched better than his ERA would indicate. His 3.96 FIP was almost identical to his 2010 rate (3.95), and his xFIP of 4.28 was his lowest since 2003. This success could have come from a change in his pitching approach. For the first time in his career, Hernandez threw his fastball, which averaged 83.9 mph in 2011, less than 50 percent of the time and used his change-up, slider and slow curveball more frequently. This resulted in his highest swinging strike rate since 2005. Hernandez signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Astros in December and has a chance of eating innings in Houston in 2012 with the decision to shift Brett Myers into the bullpen.
Brought in merely to eat innings and protect the bullpen from the Nationals' younger arms, Hernandez instead had yet another renaissance and became the team's most reliable starter, posting an entirely respectable ERA and WHIP and making 30-plus starts for an incredible 13th straight season. The Nats are bringing him back once again, and while it seems highly improbable that he'll come close to duplicating that performance given his over-reliance on veteran savvy and moxie in place of actual stuff, with Hernandez it might be safer to expect the unexpected.
Hernandez had a couple of decent starts in his second go-round with the Nationals after the Mets cut him loose, but his final numbers in both cities were downright ugly. In real life his only usefulness at this point is as a guy who can soak up some innings so that you don't have to rush your younger arms, which means he's just as likely to end up back in Washington as anywhere else.
At some point, you're not eating innings so much as you're chewing them and then gagging them up. That was Hernandez's 2008, which featured the lowest full-season innings total of his career in part because he was knocked out of seven of his last 18 starts before completing five frames. He has no fantasy value, and his real-life value is approaching zero as well.
Hernandez has reached the stage of his career where he's far more valuable to major league teams than he is to your fantasy squad. Looking at his tumbling strikeout rate (career-low 3.96 K/9IP) and wavering command (career-high 3.48 BB/9IP), it's hard to believe that he's only 32 years old. Even worse is the fact that his home-road splits are nearly identical, and don't offer any indication of things turning around in a new home park. He'll be at the top of the rotation with the Twins after signing a one-year contract. Don't be fooled by the name and expect to get the kid who was untouchable in the '97 NLCS or the crafty veteran who fanned 186 batters in 2004.
What makes Hernandez valuable in real life -- he's a horse -- hurts him in fantasy because he anchors your ERA with his, and in Phoenix it'll be closer to 5.00 than 4.00. He's more useful in formats where you can work him in and out and get more of his road starts.
A lingering knee injury reduced his effectiveness to its pre-arm angle tweak levels, but Hernandez still managed to chew up an impressive number of innings at the top of the Nationals rotation. With John Patterson emerging as a legitimate potential ace, the pressure will be off Hernandez to carry such a big load -- that, and improved health, should get his numbers back into their 2003-2004 range.
His 2003 turnaround turned out to be for real, as Hernandez once again posted good-to-great numbers. He's better suited to being a #2 starter on a deep staff, but the Nats will be happy with him as their very first ace -- they could do worse.
Perhaps even more shocking than Esteban Loaiza's breakthrough was Hernandez's 2003, when he was a legitimate Cy Young candidate until a mild September swoon. A change in delivery, and approach, was credited with the turn-around, and he set a career high for K's while posting the best over-all numbers since his rookie season with the Marlins. Maybe his fortunes are tied to Florida playoff success. Like Loaiza, it'll take a lot of courage to bid high for him this year, but if you have him cheap it'll be tough to say no to a return engagement.
Hernandez is in the last year of a four-year, $13-million contract in 2003, and he'll turn 28, or 32, or God-knows-what in the spring. Over the last three years, he's averaged a 4.40 ERA – pitching in a pitcher's park, mind you – and a 1.44 WHIP. If he stays with the Giants, or winds up in other pitcher-friendly surroundings, he might be an acceptable late-round play. However, in the last year of that contract, there's no guarantee of that; he could wind up with anyone who wants “veteran presence” in the starting rotation, and, even in a mildly hitter-friendly ballyard, Hernandez becomes a high-risk, medium-return play.
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PFree Agent  
December 22, 2012
Hernandez intends to pitch in the majors in 2013,'s Bill Ladson reports.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  
October 17, 2012
Hernandez has elected free agency, the Brewers' official Twitter page reports.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  
July 7, 2012
Hernandez threw three innings of relief in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Astros, giving up three runs on five hits and walk.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  
July 3, 2012
Hernandez notched the victory Tuesday despite allowing a 10th-inning solo home run to Jose Reyes as Milwaukee won 13-12 on a walkoff blast by Aramis Ramirez.
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Livan Hernandez: Signs With Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers  
June 22, 2012
Hernandez has signed with the Brewers, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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