The Giants have agreed to a minor-league deal with reliever David Hernandez, a source confirmed to SB Nation on Tuesday. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.
Hernandez, 31, joins Mark Melancon and Bryan Morris as new additions to the Giants’ bullpen mix this winter, joining Morris as non-roster invitees who appear to have a good chance at making the major-league club. The trio joins Hunter Strickland, Will Smith, Derek Law and George Kontos in a new-look Giants’ bullpen, replacing veterans Santiago Casilla (Athletics), Sergio Romo (Dodgers) and Javier Lopez (retired).
Hernandez drew interest from a few clubs this winter, with the Orioles being among the clubs to inquire. With spring training already underway in both Arizona and Florida, San Francisco was likely looking for solid bullpen options at a bargain price.
Hernandez spent last year with the Phillies, posting a 3.84 ERA, 9.9 K/9 and 2.50 K/BB in 72.2 innings. He gave up 11 home runs in that span while striking out 80.
Hernandez is a veteran of seven major-league seasons with the Orioles (2009-10), Diamondbacks (2011-13, 2015) and Phillies (2016). He owns a lifetime 28-39 record, 4.10 ERA and 9.1 K/9 in that span.