Update, 12:09pm PT: Jon Heyman reports that the deal is actually Harang and cash considerations for Hernandez. Aaron Harang! In Coors Field! Praise the deity of your choice.
Original post: Per Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Dodgers have acquired catcher Ramon Hernandez from the Rockies for reasons that I absolutely cannot fathom. Renck points out that Hernandez was DFA’d last week and all the Rockies can expect is some salary relief from the $3.2m he’s owed this year, but I’m hoping that this is a prelude to something larger, because if it’s not, this raises a ton of questions.
Hernandez was once a reliable source of power and was actually pretty good for Colorado in 2010-11, but he’ll be 37 next month and is coming off a horrendous .217/.247/.353 season. It seems more than a little odd that the Dodgers would prefer him to Tim Federowicz, especially with how glowingly Don Mattingly spoke of Federowicz this spring and that he’s scheduled to start today or tomorrow, and so that’s why we really need to see what this deal becomes before we judge it. If doesn’t make much more sense that the Dodgers would take on his salary just to have him go to Triple-A, where Jesus Flores & Matt Wallach already are.
More to come, no doubt. For now? Nothing but uncertainty.