Braves take gamble on King Félix

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent pitcher Félix Hernández. Both sides agreed to a minor league contract.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Former Seattle Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández pitches against the Oakland Athletics
Félix Hernández pitches against the Oakland Athletics (Getty Images)

Hernández will attempt to make the roster in spring training. The 33-year-old spent his entire career with the Seattle Mariners before signing with the Braves.

He struggled in 2019 with a 1-8 record and a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts. He allowed 58 runs (51 earned runs) , including 17 home runs on 85 hits over 71 2/3 innings.

Hernández had started 10 straight Opening Day starts before he was replaced in that role by manager Scott Servais. Marco Gonzales made the start in Tokyo, Japan.

Only six players in the history of the sport made 10 consecutive Opening Day starts. Hernández was the Mariners fifth starter in the rotation to begin the season.

He was hampered by a right shoulder strain last season. Despite being injured, he was able to get his 2,500th strikeout when he struck out Michael Chavis. Hernández was the sixth-youngest player to do it in MLB history.

After making eight starts from April 1st through May 11th, he was sidelined until August. He returned on August 24th in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

His final game with the Mariners was a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. He allowed three runs (three earned runs), including one home run, on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in the loss.

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