Reds re-sign Hernandez

The Reds re-signed catcher Ramon Hernandez to a one-year contract, worth $3 million.

Hernandez’s return wasn’t too stunning since the club indicated it was interested in having him back. He was just as interested. Talking on the phone from his home in Miami, he seemed very pleased.

“I wanted to come back,” Hernandez said. “We’ve got a great group of guys, a great pitching staff and I like to be around good people. I can trust them and they are loyal.

“Anyone wants more than one year but it is what it is. I didn’t want bounce around from team to team.  I like Cincinnati. At least I am back next year. It’s the same [money]. I’m happy with what I’ve got and back with the team. We all know each other. We know what it takes to be a winning team. We got a taste and know what we have to do to get to the next level.”

Below is the release from the Reds:

            “We wanted to provide our young pitching staff with some continuity. We felt all of our pitchers were comfortable pitching to Ramon,” Jocketty said. “We also like his production at the plate. Our catchers were very solid last year offensively.”

            Last season, Reds catchers led the National League with 168 hits and a .296 batting average while ranking second with 91 RBI and third with an on-base percentage of .375.

            Hernandez, 34, was acquired by the Reds from the Baltimore Orioles, along with cash, during the 2008 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas in exchange for IF/OF Ryan Freel, IF Justin Turner and IF Brandon Waring. In the last 2 seasons he hit .278 in 178 appearances, including .297 in 97 games last year.

            In 2010, Hernandez led the Reds with 85 starts behind the plate but also made 2 starts at first base. He hit .311 in his last 40 appearances of the season and for most of the year led all National League catchers in fielding percentage.

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