Nationals extend Livan, will return for 2011

Who needs Stephen Strasburg anyway? The Washington Nationals and Livan Hernandez have agreed to a one-year contract extension keeping the hefty pitcher around for 2011.

In his six years with the Nationals/Montreal Expos, Hernandez has put up a 61-56 record and a 3.89 ERA, as well as 22 complete games in 162 starts.

“I always wanted to come back and play here,” said Hernandez. “They give me a chance to come back another year and hopefully more years…It’s a dream come true.”

The thing I love about Livan is his durability, he is an inning eater and as made at least 30 starts a season dating back to 1998…unbelievable. Even if Strasburg were healthy for 2011, I would have liked to see the team bring Livan back because of his experience and knowledge he can pass down to youngsters like Strasburg, Luis Atilano, and John Lannan.

Livan is one of those pitchers who make the game look easy. His nonchalant mannerisms on the mound make him an entertaining player to watch and a fan favorite. If he wanted to, Hernandez could probably pitch another ten years thanks to his “rubber arm,” making him the pitching equivalent of Julio Franco.

By the way, can someone please explain to me why GM Mike Rizzo jumped on the opportunity to extend Hernandez days after the Strasburg announcement but won’t even talk to Adam Dunn about prolonging his stay in Washington?