Re: Trade Idea- Freel for Ramon Hernandez?
If nothing else, this buys the Reds one year to see if Hanigan can really start and contribute at the major league level and if Mesoraco has any kind of real future whatsoever. If the answer to both questions is no, then they can trade a key asset to acquire a young stud catcher. This way they secure the catching position for this year, and can hold on to their key assets for one more year, or perhaps more appropriately, use them to acquire more pressing needs (like a young stud SS and a power-hitting OF.)
In other words, now focus the efforts on trading for Yunel Escobar as opposed to trading for Taylor Teagarden.