May 24, 2006

Hernandez dealt to Mets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded
veteran pitcher Orlando Hernandez to the New York Mets on

Arizona acquired reliever Jorge Julio in the deal, which
was announced moments before the Mets hosted Philadelphia.

Hernandez was just 2-4 with a 6.11 ERA in nine starts for
the Diamondbacks, but the Mets hope he can regain the form that
made him a clutch pitcher for the cross town Yankees and the
Chicago White Sox last season.

The 36-year-old Hernandez has not been used on a regular
basis with Arizona, with the Mets expecting him to become their
fourth or fifth starter immediately.

The Cuban was known for being a big-game pitcher with a lot
of post-season success while with the Yankees and he also
helped the White Sox win the World Series last year before
being traded to Arizona in the off-season.

Julio, 27, was 1-2 with a 5/06 ERA in his first season with
the Mets.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Toronto)