Mets sign Livan Hernandez – El Duque’s half brother – to a minor-league deal

Another veteran arm has been brought into training camp to compete for the Mets’ fifth rotation spot.

Livan Hernandez – half brother of former Met Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez – was signed to a minor-league contract Saturday, according to

Hernandez (147-139 with a 4.37 ERA) spent 2008 with the Twins and Rockies. As a Florida Marlin in 1997, Hernandez guided the fish to a championship and was MVP of the World Series.

Excited? Give Livan a vote for the first Mets’ no-hitter.

Mets Manager Jerry Manuel says Hernandez will compete with Freddy Garcia, Tim Redding and Jonathon Niese for the fifth spot. The winner will join Johan Santana, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez.

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