Report: Felix Hernandez receiving interest, excited to pitch in 2020

By Matt Johnson
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While starting pitcher Felix Hernandez received a standing ovation in his final start with the Seattle Mariners, it will reportedly might not be the last time he takes the mound for an MLB team.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Hernandez is drawing interest across the league and he is excited to pitch and take advantage of a new opportunity next season.

The 33-year-old struggled during the 2019 season as injuries held him back. He landed on the injured list in May with a shoulder injury and it sidelined him until August.

Across 15 starts this past season, Hernandez recorded a 6.40 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 71.2 innings. Now, Hernandez is hopeful that a fresh start can help him deliver one more effective season as a pitcher.

Hernandez might have to settle for a minor-league contract with a team and a chance to compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Turning 34 in April, Hernandez has a career 3.42 ERA. 1.21 WHIP and 2,524 strikeouts across 2,729.2 innings.