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Rockies sign Ramon Hernandez to two-year contract, trade Chris Iannetta to Angels

Nov 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rockies have reached a two-year, $6.4 million free agent contract with veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez and have traded Chris Iannetta to the Angels for 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Hernandez, 35, posted a .788 OPS in 328 plate appearances this year for the Reds. He’s not much of an upgrade offensively over Iannetta and he’s around seven years older, but it’s not a significant downgrade either and the Rockies have managed to grab a promising young starter in the three-pronged transaction.

Chatwood, a second-round pick in 2008, turned in a 4.75 ERA across 142 innings as a rookie in 2011. He struggled with his control to the tune of a 1.67 WHIP and 74/70 K/BB ratio, but he showed better command in the Angels’ minor league system and has plenty of time to develop that side of his game in Colorado.

So, in essence, the Rox get another promising young arm while barely losing any offensive potential and the Angels have secured a much-needed upgrade at catcher. Seems like there are positives for all parties.

  1. lyon810 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    I don’t hate this move for the Halos. I look forward to Ianetta platooning for 3 years then being flipped and have him peak and almost lead his new team to a World Series.

    • Kyle - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      Ha! Not to mention Iannetta profiles in skill set very similarly to Napster.

      • lyon810 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:34 PM

        In all seriousness though, this likely ends Mathis’ tenure in Anaheim.

    • davemac32001 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      Great deal for the Angels…

  2. davemac32001 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    The Rox give up on Iannetta – and sign an inferior player – just so that they can acquire an inferior pitching prospect? Wow, there’s got to be something else going on here…

  3. drsodrel - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Horrible deal for the Halos. Chatwood could/should have been packaged together to bring a proper 3B to the Halos. This doesn’t address a real need. Yes Mathis sucks, but Hank Conger is ready and Wilson is serviceable. Oh yay! Iannetta has a great career OBP but hes played his home games in Coors Field for 5 years. Seems like the same line of wimpy moves that the Angels GM’s are known for. BOOOO!
    p.s As an Angel’s fan I hope I am wrong that this deal sucks.

    • davemac32001 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      Not sure why people like Chatwood. I know he was young-ish for AAA ball, but his numbers everywhere have been pedestrian at best. Underwhelming stuff and a complete lack of command. Coors is going to eat him alive…

    • SmackSaw - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      Iannetta last year with RISP: .310/.470/.548

      Better than what they got, Chatwood won’t be any better than what he is. Middle relief at best.

      • lyon810 - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        Hard to package a middle of the rotation at best pitcher with a 77/74 K/walk rate for a serviceable third basemen. Solid move, but far from “horrible”

  4. yankeesgameday - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    The gift of mike napoli keeps on giving

  5. cur68 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    See, all you budding GMs & Managers? This is why you do not run down and trade away a solid defensive catcher with a good bat and decent skills with the pitching staff. Doesn’t matter if he gets the job done different than when you where a catcher, Mr. Scoscia. What matters is that he gets the job done. Now you are reduced to “upgrading” with Iannetta: good luck with that. Mind you, you are upgrading on Mathis, the catcher you kept after you discarded that World Series Stud, Napoli. That’s some logic, right there.

    Memo to Mike Scoscia: good hitting, solid defensive catchers do not grow on trees.

    • SmackSaw - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      Napoli was bad in the clubhouse. Kinsler hated him. My guess is he still does.

      • cur68 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

        Good hitting, solid defensive catchers do not grow on trees. Him & Kinsler can hug it out.

  6. metalhead65 - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I just hope the reds do not do anything stupid and sign a “veteran” to back up hannigan and stunt the growth mesaroco.newsflash dusty and walt, hannigan is veteran and it is time to play the kid. and do not kid yourself if they do sign somebody mesaroco will be lucky to play once a month and will end up back in the minors.. same with the other prospects they have,let them play!

  7. ScubaXsniper - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Hernandez killed my Brewers with the long ball countless times. Thank you Rockies!

    • spudchukar - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      In agreement here. The less the Cards see of Hernandez the better.

  8. mjay424 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Chatwood, on the surface, looks like a poor buy but he is not only still young, but he showed, in glimpses, real ability. He just wasn’t consistent, has very poor control and cannot punch out hitters. He needs more development of his pitches, maybe a new one, and some patience. In time, he should develop into a solid middle reliever, at worst or decent no., 4 or 5 starter.

    The Rockies gave up on Iannetta. At least they got young potential in return for him.

    Rockies’ Analyst (google)

  9. kander013 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Dear Terry Ryan,

    Please trade for Hank Conger.



  10. marshmallowsnake - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I used to supervise Ianetta’s Sister-in-Law when she was in college. She told me that the Angels really wanted Chris. What I do not understand is why Colorado gave up on a 28 yr old catcher, and signed a 35 year old one? Hernandez played in less games, but had about the same production…I think I would have stuck with the junior model here…but, they know what we do not.

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