Report: Rays close to signing Roberto Hernandez, formerly Fausto Carmona

Wednesday December 12th, 2012

The Tampa Bay Rays are close to signing free-agent pitcher Roberto Hernandez, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Hernandez, 32, started just three games for the Indians last season, during which he served a three-week suspension for age and identity fraud. He played six seasons in Cleveland under the name Fausto Carmona -- listing his birth year as 1983 instead of 1980 -- before being arrested in his native Dominican Republic for using a false identity to try to obtain a visa.

The right-hander owns a career 4.64 ERA in 184 career games, including 153 starts, and was an All-Star in 2010. Tampa Bay could use him as either a starter or reliever, according to Topkin.

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