Hot Stove: Rockies Sign Hernandez, Trade Iannetta
Wednesday November 30th, 2011
With the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings about a week away, teams have already started to deal and prepare for the 2012 season. In an effort to boost their offense from the catching position, the Colorado Rockies signed free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez to a two-year deal worth $6.5 million according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Hernandez, 35, hit .282/.341/.446 with a .788 OPS in 91 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season. In three years with the Reds, Ramon hit .280/.348/.413 with 24 home runs and 121 RBI. During his 13 year big league career, Hernandez has a 12.8% strikeout percentage along with a 7.7% walk percentage.
He joins a Colorado ball-club that saw poor production from behind the plate last season, as the Rockies had six different players combine to hit .244/.348/.391 with 18 home runs and a .739 OPS. Most of the offensive production was provided by Chris Iannetta, who hit .238/.370/.414 with 14 home runs in 112 games.
To make room for Hernandez, the Rockies traded Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels for right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood.
Iannetta, 28, spent six seasons with the Rockies, hitting .235/.357/.430 with a .788 OPS in 458 games. Last season, he hit .238/.370/.414 with 14 home runs. Although Iannetta hasn't produced power numbers like his 2008 season when he hit 18 home runs and drove in 65, he has produced a consistent on-base percentage number the past few seasons. Iannetta joins Hank Conger and Jeff Mathis on the depth chart at catcher for the Angels, with Conger seeing a backup role and Mathis likely being released.
Chatwood is a young right-handed pitcher who appeared in 27 games for the Angels in 2011. The 21-year old went 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA and 1.67 WHIP during 142 innings pitched, while posting 4.7 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) and 4.5 walks per nine innings (BB/9). He provided the Angels with some decent outings last season up until August, but then struggled to the end of the season, going 0-4 in seven games with a 8.53 ERA in 25 1/3 innings pitched. Chatwood figures to join an already young starting rotation in Colorado, consisting of top prospect Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Jhoulys Chacin, and Esmil Rogers.
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