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Adios, El Duque


El Duque's 2008 Upper Deck card
El Duque

Pitcher Orlando Hernandez filed for free agency yesterday. El Duque was a key part of the Mets’ regular season success in 2006 after coming over from Arizona in exchange for reliever Jorge Julio. The oft-injured pitcher was a useful member of the Mets’ rotation when healthy.


However, he missed the entire 2008 season due to injury. At his age – whatever it may really be – I can’t see any team taking a chance on Hernandez. He had a good career, and he’ll always be remembered in New York. (Just not as a Met)