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Dodgers get pitcher Roberto Hernandez in trade from the Phillies

Mike Oz
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Dodgers acquire RHP Hernandez from Phillies
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Looking for the starting pitching depth they didn't get at last week's non-waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers struck a deal Thursday with the Philadelphia Phillies to acquire right-hander Roberto Hernandez.

Since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passed, Hernandez had to be placed on waivers by the Phillies and claimed by the Dodgers before the two teams could complete the trade. The compensation for the Phillies: two players to be named later.

That's at least somewhat funny, since Hernandez is a renamed player himself. He used to be Fausto Carmona from 2006-2011, when he played with the Cleveland Indians. Name weirdness aside, Hernandez has been OK this season in Philly, where he signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract in the offseason. He's put together a 6-8 record with a 3.87 ERA. 

The front of the Dodgers' rotation is strong, with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, but back-enders Dan Haren and Josh Beckett leave the Dodgers with enough concern that they're collecting reinforcements (Haren's successful start Wednesday night notwithstanding). The Dodgers recently lost Paul Maholm for the season because of an ACL injury, accelerating the need for another pitcher. 

The Dodgers were at one point said to be in the trade market for a big-name pitcher, the likes of David Price or Cole Hamels or Jon Lester. Hernandez isn't much of a consolation prize by those standards.

But he is another pitcher — like Beckett and Haren — who was pretty good back in 2007. 

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