Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Pirates Bring Back Hernandez

The Pirates have re-signed Jose Hernandez for another run as a utilityman.

Hernandez, 36, and the team have agreed to terms on a one-year, minor-league contract for which he would receive $900,000 at the major-league level. That will represent a $50,000 raise on his salary of last season.

Hernandez, a favorite of manager Jim Tracy, played five positions in 63 appearances for the Pirates in 2006 and batted .267 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. He was traded Aug. 22 to Philadelphia for cash considerations. For the Phillies, he batted .250 with a home run and seven RBIs in 18 games.

Hernandez also spent 58 games with the Pirates in 2003, part of a 1,587-game career.
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