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Rockies interested in free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez

Nov 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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Colorado is interested in signing free agent Ramon Hernandez and might be willing to trade incumbent catcher Chris Iannetta to make room for him behind the plate, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Iannetta’s stock has dropped considerably in the past couple seasons, so it’s not surprising that the Rockies are willing to part with the 27-year-old. Rosenthal reports that the Angels are among the teams interested in Iannetta and he’d certainly be an upgrade over Jeff Mathis, but so would prospect Hank Conger.

Hernandez is coming off one of his best years at age 35, hitting .282 with a .787 OPS in 91 games for the Reds. He hasn’t been particularly durable, but Hernandez has topped a .700 OPS in eight of the past nine years and gunned down 36 percent of steal attempts since 2009.

  1. 2r2d - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    He is a great catcher. I wish the Reds still had room for him.

  2. davemac32001 - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    “Hernandez is coming off one of his best years at age 35, hitting .282 with a .787 OPS in 91 games for the Reds.”

    So, for an additional .002 of OPS, the Rocks are going to deal a healthier and more durable 27 year old? Really? Iannetta’s career OPS is .788 – topping Hernandez’s great 91 game season of 2011 and 40 points ahead of Ramon’s career line. This, if it happens, is all batting average driven. I thought we’d moved on… Sheesh…

  3. tuloisgod - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Don’t see this as an upgrade at all for the Rockies. Was hoping they’d lure Johnny Bench … or Yogi Berra out of retirement.

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