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Atlanta Braves Sign Livan Hernandez

UPDATE: David O'Brien of the AJC tweets that the $750K in incentives in Hernandez's contract activate at 110 IP and 35 games.

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The Atlanta Braves have signed Livan Hernandez to a one-year Major League contract just minutes after his release from the Houston Astros, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Signed by the Astros to a minor league deal in January and released just this morning, the right-handed Hernandez now finds himself with a major league deal worth $750K guaranteed plus another $750K in performance incentives.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said that Hernandez, 37, will not affect the competition for fifth starter between prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran, but is likely to serve as an option for long relief or a spot start.

Entering his seventeenth Major League season, the former World Series MVP eats innings like few others, averaging 208 innings pitched per season over his career and 195 innings the past six seasons.