Reliever Roberto Hernandez (above) has signed a one year deal with Pittsburgh.

Hernandez performed capably for the Mets in a setup role for portions of 2005. Of course, there were other portions where he got hammered. Assuming the Pirates aren’t compelled to send him to the mound 60 or more times, Hernandez might have enough in the tank to justify the signing. Presumably, Aaron Heilman will be filling the same role in Flushing next season.

The A’s have signed P Jason Karnuth (most recently of Detroit) and IF Scott McClain (most recently of the Cubs’ Triple A affiliate in Iowa) to minor league contracts.

Minnesota has swapped lefty J.C. Romero to the Angels in exchange for infielder Alexi Casilla.