Update: Dodgers Acquire Catcher Ramon Hernandez For Aaron Harang

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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.

Colorado seems an atrocious landing spot for either Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang, but if it’s not one of them, then the Dodgers need to make another move to clear someone off a full 40-man roster.

More to come, no doubt. For now? Nothing but uncertainty.

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Pitching and Defense
Pitching and Defense

AJ refusing to settle for another tie with Adum Dunn in the pitches per PA department.

BrocNessMonster
BrocNessMonster

Hughes is weird. Demented. And Sellers looks a bit crack-y.

BotFot
BotFot

A used up Giant NEVER works out for the Dodgers - That's why I am worked 'bout the Nedster.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

Dateline Sept 29, 2013. Back up catcher Ramon Hernandez hits a walk off home run against the rockies to clinch the national league west title for the LA Dodgers.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

It would be awesome if Vogelsong regressed to where he should be this year. If Lincecum isn't hot then Vogelsong needs to be a sub 3.5 ERA guy

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Single for kozma. 5-2 after descalzo steals on Posey

The Monocle
The Monocle

Line up correction. AJ batting 6th, Cruz 7th.

P_F_P
P_F_P

Front page of yahoo.com: "Dodgers trade Harang to Rockies. With little need for another starter, the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded starting pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Ramon Hernandez."


What it could have said: "With little need for another catcher, the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded starting pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Ramon Hernandez."

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

ramon is a true perfessional thats his obvious value to this team

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

What the heck just happened?


This trade makes no sense.


If we are going to eat almost half ($4.25m of $9m with buyout) of Harang's salary, why do we only get an awful (and overpaid) backup catcher in return?!?


And there are rumors that the Rockies are just going to flip Harang to another team? Why didn't that other team just come directly to us?!?


So confused.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

2 out 2 run single for Beltran

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Hoagiebum The homerun came off of Aaron Harang, who started the year on the Dodgers before being DFA'ed after a trade, only to be picked back up by the Rockies in May. Harang was in the midst of pitching a perfect game before Hernandez walk-off home run, clinching the Dodgers of their 140th win in 2013.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@dodgersdan I even posted pics of lackey's crappy bicep hoping somewhere someone was watching