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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:13 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

The one-year deal announced Tuesday is worth $3.25 million.

The 32-year-old Hernandez has pitched seven years in the majors, all with Cleveland. He was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last season.

Hernandez was arrested last winter in the Dominican Republic on false identity charges. They were dropped after he completed a work program.

Major League Baseball later suspended him for three weeks. Hernandez sprained his right ankle in August and missed the rest of the year.

Hernandez is 53-69 with a 4.64 ERA in the majors. He was 19-8 with a 3.06 in 1997 when last Cleveland made the playoffs.

Hernandez can earn performance bonuses with Tampa Bay as both a starter and reliever.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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