Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
Walt on the deal
Posted by JohnFay at 12/9/2008 6:52 PM EST on Cincinnati.com
Walt Jocketty targeted Ramon Hernandez as early as last season.
"We thought he was the perfect fit. He'll provide good leaders, good offense in our part and handle the staff."
The reports are Hernandez didn't do that last year in Baltimore.
"That was part of reports. We had scouts who saw him in the past. He talked about it. We think a change of scenery will do him good. i talked to him. He's excited about the trade."
Said Dusty Baker: "I remember him as a young catcher in Oakland. They had a good staff there. He'll be good for out staff."
Jocketty would not say how much money was exchanged in the deal. It was at least $1 million.
"The Orioles included $3 million to pay part of Hernandez's $8 million contract, sources told CBSSports.com's Scott Miller."
The Reds didn't spend any extra money to get Hernandez, the O's made up the difference.