Re: Freel traded for Ramon Hernandez
Just for the sake of argument can we all at least get some of the well know facts straight about this deal if nothing else.
#1 - Ryan Freel was due to make 4 Million
#2 - Ramon was due to make 8 million, has a club option for '10 at 8.5 million with a buyout of 1 Million (paid to him if we decline the option).
#3 - We were going to have to pay for a catcher with real money at some point.
#4 - Ryan Freel was making too much money for a UT/platoon player
#5 - We have yet to get a confirmation of how much money was sent to us, however we do know that it had to go to the commissioners office for approval due to the money involved being more than 1 million.
So we know for a fact that we got an experienced catcher who we will have to pay only 3 million at most for over our previous budget. We rid ourselves of a contract & player that most here felt needed to go in the process. I'd say that's a wise move especially when you consider that 1 of the 2 prospects will likely never even reach the majors. The other player is debatable but like many have stated we got an upgrade at a position of need and you gotta give up something to get that.
(*This part is opinion*)
Not too mention that Hernandez could reasonably be expected to have better offensive and defensive #'s here with a better staff throwing to him, the park, playing for a future contract, possibly playing for a winning team (depending on other moves) etc. It's interesting that people get on Hernandez for his defensive stats but fail to mention that his decline was right in line with the decline of the staff he was working with. Pitchers do have an effect on their catchers defensive #'s.