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The Colorado Rockies completed two moves involving catchers Wednesday night, reaching an agreement with free-agent Ramon Hernandez while dealing Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Hernandez will replace Iannetta as the Rockies' starting catcher, while Chatwood addresses Colorado's need for starting rotation depth.
Hernandez's contract with the Rockies will be worth $6.5 million over two years, according to a major-league source. He batted .282/.341/.446 with 12 home runs in 91 games for the Cincinnati Reds while earning $3 million this season.
Hernandez began the offseason as a Type A free agent but was re-classified as a Type B as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. So, the Reds will gain a supplementary draft choice between the first and second rounds.
Iannetta is under contract for $3.55 million next year. The trade will void his $5 million option for 2013, allowing him to become a free agent following the coming season. He posted a .238/.370/.414 line with 14 home runs in 112 games this year.
Chatwood went 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) with the Angels this year, in his debut season as a major-league pitcher. His numbers should improve with the move to the National League, and it's likely he will open 2012 in the Rockies' rotation.
Colorado's rotation is thin compared to where it stood in spring training of 2011, following the departure of Ubaldo Jimenez and injury to Jorge De La Rosa.
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Colorado remade its catcher position Wednesday night with a tandem of moves. The first, as analyzed by Chris Cwik, sent Chris Iannetta to the Angels for starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies will replace Iannetta at backstop with the second move, the signing of Ramon Hernandez to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.
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The Colorado Rockies are close to signing veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez and trading catcher Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels.
FOXSports.com reported that the Rockies will sign Hernandez to a two-year deal pending a physical.
The 35-year-old Hernandez batted .283 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs last season.
Iannetta, 28, battered .238 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs last season.
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The Rockies on Wednesday evening were on the verge of signing catcher Ramon Hernandez and trading mainstay Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels, according to sources.
The Rockies will sign free-agent C Ramon Hernandez to two-year, $6.5 million contract, according to FOXSports.com. After which, they traded C Chris Iannetta to the Angels for Tyler Chatwood.
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The Angels add depth behind home plate by trading pitcher Tyler Chatwood to Colorado for the 28-year-old catcher.The Angels add depth behind home plate by trading pitcher Tyler Chatwood to Colorado for the 28-year-old catcher.
The Rockies have agreed to sign Ramon Hernandez to two-year contract worth $6.5MM, reports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
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