There was a report out of Denver that Hernandez was close to a deal with the Mets, but, according to a baseball source, Hernandez is not in their plans because they acquired left-hander Johan Santana from the Twins in a blockbuster deal last week.The Nationals would like to have Hernandez, but according to another baseball source, his representative was asking for a three-year deal and Washington is not willing to give Hernandez that kind of a contract. The team would offer no more than a one-year deal. The Nationals could use a starter like Hernandez. He can eat innings and give the bullpen a break once in a while. Hernandez has pitched over 200 innings in nine of the last 10 years. The only pitcher who came close to eating innings for the Nationals on a regular basis was Chico, who was their only healthy starter. "I want to get paid like anybody else. I have done my job for [over] ten years. I never missed a start. I pitched over 200 innings [almost] every year," Hernandez said. "I went to playoffs with Arizona last year. I [have playoff experience] with the Marlins and San Francisco. I'm really happy with my career. I think I could play for eight more years and then quit."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.