Hernandez calls trade 'bittersweet'

David Hernandez has heard the rumors for weeks that he would be traded from the Orioles. That became a reality today when he was informed by his agent that he had been sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with reliever Kam Mickolio, for slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds.

Hernandez, who is a California native, admitted that the news was bittersweet.

"I'll have a chance to play closer to home, but I always thought I'd be in Baltimore for years to come," he said in a phone interview with The Sun 10 minutes ago. "It just didn't work out that way. I'll miss all the friends I made there, the guys in the clubhouse. The organization did some good things for me. I thought I was part of the future there, but somebody has to go to make improvements. You can't keep everybody.

"I'm not bitter at all. I appreciate the organization and the city, and there's always a chance I can go back."

Hernandez, one of the good guys in the Orioles' clubhouse the past couple of years, said he still hasn't spoken to any officials from the Diamondbacks, so he wasn't sure what his role will be with his new team. However, he would like the opportunity to start.

"I'd like to have a chance to be a starter," he said. "I feel like I can still be one, but that's out of my control."

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