Orioles Sign Felix Hernandez to MiLB Deal

In a bit of a surprise move, the Orioles are reportedly signing former Seattle Mariners Ace “King” Felix Hernandez to a minor league deal.

It’s a minor-league deal that will pay King $1 million if he is on the club, according to Roch.

Hernandez was a shell of his former self the last time we saw him on an MLB mound, when he went 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the 2018 M’s. Last year, after signing a similar deal with Atlanta, Hernandez opted out due to COVID-19.

Believe it or not, it’s been 11 years since Hernandez won his “controversial” (but correct) Cy Young award, when he posted a 174 ERA+ over 249.2 IP but had a W-L record of just 13-12. Ah, the days of nerds & traditional media fighting over advanced stats seem so quaint now, don’t they?

The O’s signing yet another former stud who is now well past his prime had #Birdland reminiscing a bit on Twitter…

And then of course some were bringing up this fun moment, which those of us who pine for the “Buckle Up Birds” era will surely remember.

Maybe we’ll have our own King’s (Flag) Court in Baltimore in the 2021 season?

Or, as the cynics would say, is that just where a lot of his pitches will end up?

Hey, the Orioles need pitching. This will be a fun one to watch, even if it’s tough to be optimistic that it will work out. Best-case, Felix shows some flashes of his former self that make him a juicy option for a midseason trade to a contender.

This entry was posted in Bird Feed, Blog View, Featured by Derek Arnold. Bookmark the permalink.

About Derek Arnold

RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Hot off the street

John Means to the Moon!
John Means to the Moon!

submitted by Josh Linn Supporting your favorite baseball team in the midst of a rebuilding phase can be a grind, especially when the team does so in the unapologetic, scorched-earth fashion the Or...read more

Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 12 – Matt Blood
Give That Fan a Podcast Ep 12 – Matt Blood

The Orioles' Director of Player Development, Matt Blood, joins this week's podcast to talk about the progress being made down on the farm. We touch on just about everything, from organizational philo...read more

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 11 – Keith Law
Give that Fan a Podcast Ep 11 – Keith Law

The Athletic's Keith Law joins me this week to take me through the thought process that led him to ranking the much-improved Orioles farm system just 18th in baseball, much to the chagrin of many O's...read more

Awaiting Beards & Bellies
Awaiting Beards & Bellies

**Taps mic** Is this thing on? Can you hear me? Okay, good. Let’s try this. photo: Kristen Hudak It’s been a while. In looking back at the archives of my musings on this website, I reali...read more

Give that Fan a Podcast Ep. 10 – Danny & Dillon
Give that Fan a Podcast Ep. 10 – Danny & Dillon

After the holiday break turned into a life-induced hiatus, I'm back and I brought a couple friends along for this episode. You might know Dillon Atkinson and Danny Majerowicz from their days on the O'...read more

View More