Freel for Ramon Hernandez?
Posted by JohnFay at 12/8/2008 6:05 PM EST on Cincinnati.com
Here's the first decent rumor I've heard: The Reds and Orioles are talking about a Ryan Freel-for-Ramon Hernandez trade.
It makes sense: The Orioles would like to move Hernandez's $8.5 million salary. The Reds would like to move Freel's $4 million salary. The Reds are looking for a front line catcher. The Orioles need outfield and utility help.
Hernandez, 32, hit .257/.308/.406 last year. He did not have a good year defensively.
Stay tuned. May be nothing, but I've heard from people on both sides. That's usually a good indication that something is happening.