The Colorado Rockies have several viable catching options in
camp, which could lead the team to ultimately trade veteran Ramon Hernandez before
the start of the regular season, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Colorado is set to enter the year with Wilin Rosario as its
primary catcher. Beyond Rosario, Yorvit Torrealba and Hernandez are competing
for a reserve spot with the club. The Rockies are also carrying utility player
Jordan Pacheco, who has the ability to suit up behind the plate.
If the Rockies are confident that Torrealba can serve as a capable
backup to Rosario by the end of spring, they could elect to trade Hernandez. The
veteran is owed $3.2 million in 2013, so any trade could involve Colorado
eating a portion of his salary.
If the team does elect to deal Hernandez, they may do so at
the end of camp in hopes of landing an out-of-options pitcher. Troy Renck of
The Denver Post reported yesterday that the Rockies are scouting such pitchers,
as their rotation features a lot of uncertainty beyond Jhoulys Chacin, Jeff Francis
and Jorge De La Rosa.
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