Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
7:50 p.m. — O's trying to deal Hernandez
The Orioles and Reds are discussing a trade that would send catcher Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati in exchange for Ryan Freel and a mid-level prospect, but the deal cannot be completed unless the Orioles pick up a significant portion of Hernandez's remaining salary, major-league sources say.
Hernandez is owed $8 million in 2009 with a club option of $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2010, meaning he is guaranteed $9 million.
The possibility of a trade was first reported Monday by the Cincinnati Enquirer and other outlets.
The Orioles have been trying hard to purge Hernandez, who batted .257 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs in 133 games last season. --Ken Rosenthal and Ed Price
And a mid-level prospect? No thanks. I'd do Freel for Hernandez but I wouldn't throw in a solid prospect.
I wouldn't give 'em much either- maybe a guy like Shaun Cumberland or Brandon Waring.
I'm also starting to get concerned over all of these economic talks- I have no problem with not wanting to pay Hernandez's salary, but economics were brought up in the Dye rumor as well. I hope Castellini is not Lindner Redux.