Hernandez re-signs with Reds

Back from a week’s vacation and news hits right away…

After deciding to decline his $8.5 million club option ($1M buyout), the Reds have re-signed primary catcher Ramon Hernandez to a one-year contract. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2011 that will become guaranteed if Hernandez appears in 120 games next season.

(Update: I have learned the contract is worth $3 million for 2010 and the vesting option would be worth $3.250 million if Hernandez can trigger the games played clause.)

Hernandez batted .258 with five home runs and 37 RBIS in 81 games in his first season with the Reds. His return means that Ryan Hanigan will likely return to his backup role.

“It’s a good place with great players,” Hernandez said of the Reds from his home in Miami. “I know they’ll do very good next season. That’s why I decided to come back.”

Hernandez said his agent, Eric Goldschmidt, worked on the deal over the weekend and told him that it was done on Sunday night.

Hernandez was not surprised when his option wasn’t picked up.

“I expected it to happen,” he said. “Hopefully next year, they’ll see Ramon Hernandez play the whole year.”

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