ajc.com | Braves | Braves sign former Royals closer Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez signed for $600,000 with $400,000 in incentives. Some people think that this is a trigger to move John Smoltz to the rotation, but (a) there’s no room for him right now, (b) John Schuerholz says there are no plans for it, and (c) Hernandez is toast. His last three seasons show a steady decline. Last year he pitched 51 innings and struck out only 39. He admits to being 38 years old and has arm trouble. And he’s the size of a baby elephant. It’s not a bad gamble, but he doesn’t really push the Braves closer to a championship.