The free agent market for catchers is uninspiring. When the marque name is a 36 year old Ramon Hernandez, you know the pickings are slim. He's likely to command a multi-year deal in the neighborhood of $4M per, so no thanks. There are other viable options like Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Rod Barajas, Ramon Castro, and Jose Molina, but I'd rather not guarantee any of them millions just to catch roughly 40 games.Carlos Ruiz is the starter. When healthy he's on the field at least 5 times a week. Most of the catchers listed above want more playing time than what they'll likely get in Philly. Therefore, I suggest going cheap. Not Brian Schneider cheap either. Schneider is old (35) and can no longer hit or play solid defense anymore (-0.9 WAR in '11). 1st Choice- Erik Kratz. He's already in the Phillies system and has proven that his bat is worthy in the minors (.267/.810 in AAA), and he's gunned down 33% of base stealers too in 10 minor league seasons....
Ramon Hernandez of the Reds continues to produce value for the Reds despite declining power. Photo: Icon SMI
Ramon Hernandez catches for the Cincinnati Reds. Ramon provides a good example of the stages of the career of a hitter.
Hernandez’s peak came a little later...
Cincinnati has multiple players from last year's roster heading to the free agent market, but how do they rank among the entire pool of MLB free agents? Well, two of them cracked the top 50 in Keith Law's recent piece ranking the best free agents available.
Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez came in at #32 on the list while closer Francisco Cordero settled for the #44...
The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-2012 off-season with four big needs for the 2012 season. With Derrek Lee, Paul Maholm, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder all departing, the Pirates have needs at catcher, first base, shortstop, and the rotation. I’ve discussed each position individually, along with some free agent options at catcher, shortstop, first base, and...