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Blue Jays release Ramon Hernandez from Triple-A

Jul 10, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ramon Hernandez is back on the open market after just five games at Triple-A with the Blue Jays, as Toronto released the veteran catcher.

Hernandez signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays after being traded from the Rockies to the Dodgers and then subsequently released. At age 37 this could be the end of the line, although considering how desperate teams often get for catching depth you’d think Hernandez could latch on somewhere else for a while.

He had a very good 2011 season, but has hit just .216 with a .628 OPS in 69 games since then while also missing time with injuries.

  1. Joe - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    In the typical HBT post, “this could be the end of the line” = “he’s probably a couple weeks away from getting another minor league deal.”

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      If he wants to go out as organizational depth. His days in MLB are almost certainly over. Pretty nice career, IMO.

  2. spudchukar - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    If the Cards are serious about giving Molina rest, Hernandez ought to be on their radar. I haven’t seen him play since he left the Reds, but back a couple of years he was a solid catcher, with a pretty good bat and some power. Hard to believe he wouldn’t be better than Johnson, even if he is right-handed.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Alas Ramon, we barely knew him. Unfortunately he showed his age while trying to play in Buffalo.

  4. 13arod - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    spudchukar molina played yesturday

    • spudchukar - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Uh, yeah, I watched the game in its entirety. What is your point?

  5. jkaflagg - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Saw Hernandez earlier in the year with the Dodgers, and his skills have eroded significantly, even basic catch-and-throw…..someone else may take a chance, but they shouldn’t expect much.

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