The Colorado Rockies made no secret of their desire to trade Ramon Hernandez. They may have veiled the desire with talks of "trading one of their catcher," but it's been clear all along the catcher they wanted to move was Hernandez. Now, after not being able to find a trade partner, the Rockies have designated Hernandez for assignment.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have decided to go with another veteran as their back-up catcher. Yorvit Torreable will take over those duties. Hernandez may still get traded at some point if any team suddenly finds value in a light-hitting, aging, coming-of-injury catcher. Until that happens, or until the Rockies need an emergency starter, Hernandez will be playing at Triple-A or he will be released. That is, unless a last-minute trade is pulled off.
There have been rumors that clubs were showing interest in Hernandez, but the Rockies just couldn't get a deal done. Now, the team has 10 day to try to work out a trade with any of those teams who were previously showing interest. If I had a guess, though, no trade gets done, Hernandez refuses his assignment and becomes a free agent, then is signed by some team who was previously interested in a trade.
Hernandez has been a serviceable catcher throughout his career, but he has lost much of his power. His numbers do not scream out to people. And he suffered a torn hamstring last year. These aren't quite pillars of strength for the 36-year old. In his career, Hernandez has hit .264/.327/.417.
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