roberto hernandez raysAmong the back-of-the rotation types the Cubs have been linked to this offseason, Roberto Hernandez was not at the top of my list. That said, there were a few things to like, and I would probably have been happy to see him brought into the fold as a flip candidate.

It was not to be, however, as he’s reportedly inked a deal with the Phillies, who may be in more desperate need of a back-end starter than the Cubs. We’ll see what kind of money he gets, but if it’s more than one year and $5 or $6 million, I’ll be very surprised.

The Cubs will turn back to Scott Baker, Jason Hammel, Suk-Min Yoon and other names about whom we may not yet have heard much. Also: Tanaka, Tanaka, Tanaka.

  • North Side Irish

    timdierkes ‏@timdierkes 2m
    Heard Cubs had been competitive on Roberto Hernandez, but he really wanted to go to Philly.

    Cubs could’ve traded him there in July if he wanted to go so bad…

    • Sandberg

      Wait, what? The player has a say in where he goes?

      • Cheese Chad

        In free agency……. yes.

    • Cheese Chad

      “Cubs could’ve traded him there in July if he wanted to go so bad…” I have no idea what this means.

      • cubsfan08

        Flip him at deadline

  • Eric

    Can’t miss what you never had, but I’m glad this guy went to Philly.

  • Patrick G

    well now that he’s gone maybe we can sign Fausto Carmona

    • Jay


      • Jay

        Heard Fausto Carmona isn’t a fan of the Phillies

  • Blackhawks1963

    It’s not hard to understand why veteran free agents would hesitate to come play for the Cubs. Unless they are desperate for playing time to support reestablishing their value, etc. If you are a pitcher, why on earth do you want to play for the Cubs right now? THe offense is going to be very weak and the bullpen is a mess.

    • Voice of Reason

      So, under your thoughts, Cano would not have signed with the Cubs if they would have offered him what he originally wanted? You’re saying that Choo would not come here if the Cubs gave him exactly what he wants?

    • Fishin Phil

      Actually, he is just a big fan of cheesesteak sandwiches.

  • North Side Irish

    Dan Szymborski ‏@DSzymborski 45s
    Fauxto’s 2014 ZiPS for Philadelphia: 6-9, 5.02, 114.2 IP, ERA+ 77, WAR -0.2

    Zoinks…that is an ugly line…

    • Brett

      Wow. Wonder why he projects so poorly.

      • Edwin

        The IP seems to be a big part of it. Also they’re probably regressing his K/9 and BB/9 closer to career rates, and while his HR/9 will probably be lower, I’m guessing it’s still projected as plenty high, which is probably doing a lot of damage.

  • macpete22

    Diamondbacks need to sign Garza. Hopefully that would take them out of the Tanaka sweepstakes