After a total of two games, it appears that utility infielder Luis Hernandez’s tenure with the Texas Rangers is over.
Hernandez opted to go into free agency rather than accepting an outright minor league assignment this week. This is not unprecedented, even where this young offseason is concerned; Alberto Gonzalez, who spent the early months of the 2012 season as Texas’s go-to utility infielder, opted for the same just earlier this year.
A former Oriole, Royal and Met, Hernandez was signed to a minor league deal in December of last year, and spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Round Rock. Per Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, he was up in the majors for all of four days, earning two appearances and one start, in a losing effort to the Minnesota Twins.