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Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

Ramon Hernandez

Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now.

Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins.

Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance this season. Buck hit .281 with an .802 OPS in 113 games and threw out 28 percent of steal attempts. Hernandez hit .297 with a .792 OPS in 97 games and threw out 34 percent of steal attempts.

And while Buck is four years younger, he’s hardly a good choice for a three-year contract and Hernandez’s pre-2010 track record is vastly superior. Obviously it would have been tough to predict that the Marlins would decide to overpay for a mediocre catcher coming off a career-year, but if the catching market yields an $18 million deal for Buck it sure seems like Hernandez should have done better than $3 million.

  1. bluesoxbaseball - Nov 16, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Jocketty is on a roll. Now, if he cand get someone to take Cordero . . .

  2. klingonj - Nov 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    The Marlins are nuts. They should wait and try to get Justin Brikle next year

  3. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    It’d be difficult to chalk Buck’s contract up to pennypinching, so let’s attribute it to pure idiocy instead – unless you want to interpret $18mm over three years as the Feesh’s gambit to stave off Player’s Association ire at the Uggla dump. The Feesh look like they’re committing slow motion suicide on all fronts this offseason. I’m almost beginning to wonder if Larry Beinfest isn’t campaigning to get himself fired and out from under Scrooge McLoria’s dogshit-covered bootheel.

  4. apbaguy - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Nice work in Miami. John Buck’s 118 GP last year ties his career high, meaning the backup still has to go 44 games. The .802 OPS was almost all SLG driven (.489), leaving OBP of .313. The even worse news: that OBP was his career high.

    Talk about buying high. Or were they high when they did this deal?

    • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2010 at 1:24 AM

      I don’t think they were high. I think Larry Beinfest must have contracted a prion-vectored neurological disease last time he visited the Cubs’ shower stall.

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