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>>Astros Ink Hernandez To Minor League Deal

(Houston, TX) -- The Houston Astros are adding veteran pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the mix. They have signed the 34-year-old to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Hernandez went a combined 8-and-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games last season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.  width=Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez was a 19-game winner with Cleveland in 2007 and was an American League All-Star with the Indians in 2010. He owns a career mark of 67-and-93 with a 4.60 ERA in nine big league seasons with the Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Phillies and Dodgers.

>>Royals Agree To Terms With Fireball Reliever

Reliever Kelvin Herrera, a key part of the Kansas City Royals' surprising run to the 2014
World Series, agreed to a two-year contract with the reigning American League champions on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, though the Kansas City Star reported the deal, which will cover Herrera's first two arbitration years, will be worth $4.15 million.

Herrera is coming off a breakthrough 2014 campaign as the seventh-inning man in what was the most dominant bullpen in the majors. The hard-throwing right- hander posted a stellar 1.41 ERA over 70 appearances, did not allow a home run in 70 innings pitched, and held opposing hitters to a .214 average.

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