Braves sign Felix Hernandez to minor league deal

Felix Hernandez, the former Cy Young award winner, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves as a non-roster invitee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has confirmed. The signing was first reported by the MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

The deal is reportedly worth $1 million should Hernandez make the major league roster. There are no plans for Hernanedez  beyond strictly competing for the fifth starter’s spot in the Braves rotation.

Hernandez spent the past 15 seasons with the Mariners after he debuted as a 19-year old in 2005. He won the Cy Young award in 2010.

Hernandez, nicknamed “King Felix,” has a career record of 169-136 with a 3.42 ERA and 2,524 strikeouts. He is a six-time All-Star. He did not receive the honor during is Cy Young campaign when he finished 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts.

The 33-year-old Hernandez made just 15 starts last season with a 1-8 record and a 6.10 ERA over 71.2 innings.