The Braves signed Felix Hernandez this winter for just $1 million to give him one last shot at the big leagues and see if he had anything left in the tank.
Well, it appears he sure does.
Hernandez has been awesome so far in spring training and with Cole Hamels still not available to even start throwing and another spot open in Atlanta's rotation, it looks like Hernandez will bypass the fifth spot in the Braves' rotation altogether and possibly be Atlanta's fourth starter to open the season.
The Braves have had a pretty good track record with these kinds of reclamation projects, most recently Anibal Sanchez in 2018, who had a 2.83 ERA in 136.2 IP. If the Braves could get anything resembling that from King Felix, it would be a huge upgrade to the reigning back-to-back NL East champs' pitching staff and a huge help even if it's just while they wait for Hamels to get healthy.
While it will certainly be weird to see Hernandez in a uniform other than the Seattle Mariners, it would be very cool to see him revive some of the success he's had throughout his career and finally get a chance to pitch in the Postseason and make a run at a World Series ring.
At the time of the signing, it seemed like Atlanta just needed somewhere to spend $1 million and figured a former Cy Young winner who had seemed to have lost it was as good a dart to throw at the board as any, but it appears now Felix Hernandez might be a real part of a team trying to win a World Series.