Roberto Hernandez was not part of the Phillies’ plans for 2015, so general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. figured he’d try to get something for the right-hander, even if it’s modest.
Hernandez was traded to the Dodgers on Thursday for two players to be named later or cash.
The Phillies have a list of Dodgers’ minor leaguers that they can choose from. Phillies scouts will spend a couple of weeks evaluating the players before the Phillies make a call.
The Phillies will not be getting top prospects back for Hernandez.
“I think they’re going to be guys that are going to be down the line,” Amaro said. “But we have some decent reports on them. The further down the line the more of a crapshoot they are.”
Hernandez will be a free agent at the end of the season.
“We weren’t going to be offering him arbitration or offering him a qualifying offer or anything like that so we felt like it was a move to help give us some talent in our system,” Amaro said.
Hernandez was supposed to pitch Thursday night. The trade left the Phils scrambling for a pitcher. The club selected the contract of right-hander Sean O'Sullivan from Triple A Lehigh Valley. He will start in place of Hernandez.
Hernandez, who turns 34 later this month, signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Phillies in December. He went 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA. He heads to the Dodgers on a hot streak. He is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his last four starts.
Hernandez is expected to pitch for the Dodgers on Friday night. The Dodgers were looking for a starter because Josh Beckett has been nursing a sore hip.