Another bidder for Ramon?
By Roch Kubatko on December 9, 2008 12:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
An agent who represents one of the Orioles told me that the club is "as close as it's been" to trading catcher Ramon Hernandez.
We assume that Hernandez is going to the Cincinnati Reds, but it's interesting that the Milwaukee Brewers apparently jumped into the mix. That's what this agent was told by one of his contacts in Milwaukee. He said the Brewers regard Hernandez as an upgrade over Jason Kendall.
Kendall hit .246 with two homers, 49 RBIs and a .324 slugging percentage. He played in 151 games, an unbelievable total for a catcher.
His defense was exceptional this season, so we'll have to define "upgrade."
Again, Hernandez is likely headed to Cincinnati, but the Brewers at least were part of trade discussions at some point, and might be lurking in the shadows.