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Livo re-signed for 2011

Aug 29, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

The Nationals announced this afternoon they have re-signed Livan Hernandez for 2011.

Hernandez would have been a free agent at season’s end; he signed a minor-league contract with the Nats in February that paid him a base salary of $900,000 once he made the big-league roster, plus incentives.

The 35-year-old right-hander has made a team-high 27 starts this season, going 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA. He’s allowed two earned runs or less in 17 of those 27 starts.

  1. natsone_va - Aug 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Long Live Livo!!!

  2. dj in Fl. - Aug 29, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Excellent!!!!Now get Dunn done!

  3. Positively Half St. - Aug 29, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Livo will end up on our "ring of honor," or whatever it is called, and will deserve it more than many.

  4. JaneB - Aug 29, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Positively hall street, from your fingers to the ring of honor.

  5. Todd Boss - Aug 29, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Great move, classy move to reward a guy who has literally saved the Nats' season this year.One less spot up for grabs in 2011's rotation. Some heavy contributors this year are going to be left out in the cold.

  6. Richard - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Congrats Livo! Good move Nats. Now sign Dunn …

  7. Anonymous8 - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Yep Richard, lets get Dunn signed!

  8. Doc - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Something legendary about the guy, at least as far as his relationship with the Nats. No Nats fan will ever forget Livo!!!

  9. LoveDaNats - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Doing the happy dance!

  10. Sec3MySofa - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    I'm taking up racketball now.

  11. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Viva Livo!2011 rotation going into Spring TrainingJZimmMayaMarquisLivoLannan/Olsen

  12. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    That's a pretty lousy rotation.

  13. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    your mom sure wasnt lousy last night…

  14. A DC Wonk - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Not only has Livo been able to go every fifth day . . . but let's not forget the time the Nats were caught without a starter, and he volunteered to pitch against the Mets on three days rest . . . . he went 6.1 innings, giving up just two runs.Now *that's* a ballplayer!!

  15. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    Its not such a bad rotation if Marquis pitches like he has in previous years & Livan pitches like he has this year. Of course, Maya has to prove himself. Being great in Cuba is one thing, but being a good MLB pitcher is another. I also think Detwiler would be in the running for a rotation spot and wouldn't mind Stammen being given another shot. He's pitched well in the 2nd half. Also, keep in mind Rizzo's always looking to improve the club, so you can never rule out a trade or a free agent signing.

  16. BQ - Aug 30, 2010 at 4:09 AM

    Anon 10:10, I agree with your rotation except I am certain Lannan being part of it and Olsen will be non tendered this offseason. It is not the best rotation in the league but I think the best Nationals can come up with. What I mean by that is Nats need not sign FA pitchers to help our rotation. This rotation can do the job if we work on our infield defense more. I say that because Lannan, Livan, Marquis, etc are mainly groundout pitchers I believe. If Ryan cuts on his errant throws, Desmond on his mistakes, and we hire a really good defensive 2B in the offseason, this rotation can do much better than expected.

  17. Drew - Aug 30, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Who's kidding who? Livan = 35? HA!

  18. swang - Aug 30, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Livo has offered a million to anyone that proves he's not 35… He sounds pretty confident.

  19. Jeevesm - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    I believe Detwiler is going to be one of their top pitchers. He certainly has some of the best stuff.

  20. natscan reduxit - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    … this is good news indeed. Even better news will come in due course, when the team has a strong enough rotation they can let Livo take a well-earned retirement.Go Nats!

  21. Big Cat - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    For the innings Livo gives us, this it quite a bargain for the Nats. Plus, he's a good clubhouse guy.When we got Nyger last year I thought we had stolen him from the Pirates. Well, now that the cards are all out on the table it seems a little different. I think he is on very very thin ice right now with Rizzo. I don't think he will be back next year.Mark…..what is the scouting reports on Morse. This guy can't be as good as he appears. I mean, he's been in the minors 10 frickin years. What gives?

  22. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    When Livo's brother comes up in September you can ask him how old Livo is …

  23. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Who cares how old he is? The fact that he performs is the one thing that matters. And we might want to cut the FO some slack on future personnel moves. When they signed Livo this spring, that move was panned. Turned out pretty well.

  24. Nattydread - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Mark — Is Livan in the running for Come Back Player of the Year? Who are the top 5 in the NL?

  25. N. Cognito - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Big Cat said… "Mark…..what is the scouting reports on Morse. This guy can't be as good as he appears. I mean, he's been in the minors 10 frickin years. What gives?"He suffers from "Roberto Petagine Syndrome": a highly thought of prospect that never gets a full chance because he's blocked by someone with "Proven Major Leaguer Syndrome."

  26. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Anonymous said… "your mom sure wasnt lousy last night…"Yours was.

  27. CapPeterson - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Re Michael Morse, to put things in context, Rog Bernadina has spent 9 years in minors; Ian Desmond, 6. FWIW, Jayson Werth has put in 11 years of minor league time. OK, Carlos Maldonado has probably put in a lot of years also.That's why Morse should play regularly the rest of the way: let's see what we got.

  28. Steve M. - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    CapPeterson, we all have been saying that and with the mental meltdown of Nyjer then Bernadina and Morse should be in there every night.

  29. Anonymous - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Congrats Livo! How about one of these guys 2011 rotation: Lee, Lilly, Padilla, Javy Vasquez, Westbrook or……………………………………………Daniel Cabrera!

  30. TimDz - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Anon @ 8:47 AM: Livo's half brother actually left the Team over the weekend…http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2010/08/orlando_hernandez_abruptly_lea.html

  31. Steve M. - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Anonymous said… Viva Livo!2011 rotation going into Spring TrainingJZimmMayaMarquisLivoLannan/Olsen August 29, 2010 10:10 PM ____________________________Not a rotation to jump up and down and excited about. Marquis when healthy is a first half pitcher and starts showing his wear going into August.Livan is around a .500 guy. Lannan is around a .500 guy.Maya is totally unproven at this point at the MLB level and JZim doesn't need the pressure of being this team's #1 at this point coming back from TJ.Also, where is Detwiler in the projections? Someone has to step up and hold the fort down!Who is going to be this team's #1 for 2011?

  32. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Nattydread said…Mark: Is Livan in the running for Come Back Player of the Year? Who are the top 5 in the NL?As nice a comeback as Livo has had this year, it doesn't stack up to Tim Hudson (15-5, 2.24) coming back from Tommy John surgery.

  33. Big Cat - Aug 30, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Tim Hudson had TJ surgery? Well….that makes me feel a little better…..

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