Originally Posted by jojo
Here's a question. In as specific of terms as possible, how much closer does the addition of Hernandez bring the Reds to making the playoffs in 2009?
IMO it improves the catching to league average, which is a start.
There was a great thread here last season about the importance of being at least league average at every position, and how doing that actually results in a winning (ie- NOT average) team.
I'm not excited about Hernandez, but I think it takes the pressure off Hanigan somewhat. If $5 million for LaRue was too much, then $8 million for Hernandez is also too much. Rumor has it that the O's kicked in enough $ to make it an even contract swap for Freel's ridiculous contract.