Hernandez agrees with Rockies
Not that it’s a surprise that catcher Ramon Hernandez won’t be returning to the Reds, but now his departure appears imminent. Multiple reports have the Rockies agreeing to terms with Hernandez on a two-year contract. Fox Sports has reported the contract to be worth $6.5 million, which isn’t a bad haul at all for the 35-year-old Hernandez at this stage of his career.
Since Hernandez was a Type B free agent, the Reds will receive a supplemental round Draft pick as compensation.
Of course, that should make it clear that Ryan Hanigan and top prospect Devin Mesoraco is the Reds catching tandem for 2012. There was a very minimal report a couple of weeks ago that the Angels had some interest in Hanigan, but Anaheim tonight acquired catcher Chris Ianetta from Colorado, which cleared the spot for the Rockies to sign Hernandez.
Once Mesoraco showed he was ready for the big leagues, the writing was on the wall for Hernandez. He had a nice three-season run for the Reds and batted .280 with 24 homers and 121 RBIs in 269 games. He was also a good veteran presence in the clubhouse. The Hernandez-Hanigan duo provided one of the best offensive catching combos in the NL during the 2010 playoff run.