Arizona Diamondbacks Offseason: Pro’s and Con’s Of Qualifying Offers
To me, this decision is a no-brainier. Despite the D-backs clear need for bullpen depth, Hernandez should not be a part of that, and I believe that his time in the desert is over.
This is sad for me because Hernandez used to be one of my favorite players on the team. He is one of the veteran leaders, and he was really effective in 2011-2012 as a lights out set up man throwing in the high 90’s.
However, he was really ineffective in 2013, he hasn’t recovered from Tommy John surgery as smoothly as we had hoped, and he simply has been to inconsistent to justify him coming back or even receiving a qualifying offer.
There are plenty of young and talented relievers in the farm system that deserve a real shot plus Oliver Perez, and even Darren O’Day are better options if the D-backs want to add externally.
I just don’t know what I am going to get from him on a night-to-night basis, and after making $2 million dollars in 2015 he can’t make the qualifying offer.
Unless he is willing to come back at a cheap price, the D-backs should let him walk. This will save some money and help shed the 40 man roster.