The Orioles signed Felix Hernández, who was once a dominant pitcher, to a minor league contract for a reported $1 million on Wednesday.
Hernández has a lifetime record of 169-136 with a 3.42 ERA, all with the Seattle Mariners. He signed with the Atlanta Braves for the 2020 season and started the first Grapefruit League game of the season against the Orioles in North Port, Florida. However, he opted out the season because of Covid-19.
Hernández, who will turn 35 on April 8th, is a six-time All-Star. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2010.
On August 15, 2012, he pitched a perfect game against Tampa. It was the 23rd and most recent perfect game in baseball history.
Hernández, who led the AL with 19 wins in 2009, led the league in ERA in 2010 and 2014.
His performance declined late in his 15-year career with the Mariners. In 2018, Hernández was 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA, and in 2019, he was 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA.
In his final year with Seattle, Hernández earned $27,858,000. Last season, he was due to make $1 million after signing a minor league contract with Atlanta.
The Orioles also announced the signing of left-hander Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract, which had been reported on Tuesday night.