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Marlins Trade Hernandez to Giants

July 24, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Marlins parted with more of their past today, trading 1997 World Series most valuable player Livan Hernandez to the San Francisco Giants for two minor-league pitchers.

The Marlins acquired right-hander Jason Grilli, who will be assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Calgary, and right-hander Nathan Bump, who will pitch at Double-A Portland.

Hernandez joins the Giants’ rotation and finds himself in a pennant race for the first time since the Marlins dismantled their 1997 World Series championship team.

The right-hander is only 24, but he has struggled the past two seasons after winning his first nine decisions as a rookie in 1997. This year he’s 5-9 with a 4.76 ERA.

Hernandez, the younger brother of New York Yankees pitcher Orlando ``El Duque″ Hernandez, defected from Cuba in 1995 and became a fan favorite in Miami. He cried when told of the trade by Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski and was still teary-eyed an hour later when he met with reporters.

``It’s emotional, but you just have to move on,″ Hernandez said through a translator. ``I’ll miss my teammates and the city of Miami. This is still my home. I’ll be back.″

The Marlins began the weekend with baseball’s second-worst record. Dombrowski said the trade was part of the team’s ongoing effort to rebuild with prospects.

``This has happened a lot,″ he said. ``It’s not going to happen a lot more. You’re making building-block steps, and we’re very close to having those building blocks in place.″

Dombrowski said Grilli and Bump could both be in the majors by 2001, and he predicted that Hernandez will pitch better for the Giants.

``He hasn’t pitched as well for us as he did in ’97,″ Dombrowski said. ``That little something extra is missing. I think he’ll benefit from this.″

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