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Pirates sign Roberto Hernandez
12/15/2005 2:11 PM ET
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez for the 2006 season. No other terms of the deal were released. The Pirates also designated pitcher Matt Peterson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Hernandez. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dave Littlefield.

Hernandez, 41, went 8-6 with four saves and a 2.58 ERA in 67 relief appearances with the New York Mets last year. He did not allow a run in 55 of his 67 appearances and held right-handed batters to a .213 average while pitching for his seventh major league team.

Roberto will enter the 2006 season with 892 career games, second among active pitchers behind Mike Stanton (1,027) and first among all pitchers from Puerto Rico. The 14-year veteran has also tallied 324 career saves, tying him with Troy Percival for 10th place on the all-time list.

Originally selected by the California Angels in the first round of the 1986 June draft, Hernandez has pitched in the big leagues with the White Sox (1991-1997), Giants (1997), Devil Rays (1998-2000), Royals (2001-2002), Braves (2003), Phillies (2004) and Mets (2005). In that time, he has produced a 64-65 record, 324 saves and a 3.33 ERA in 892 games.

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