Mar
18

Heyman: Yankees have not called about Ramon Hernandez

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Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees have not inquired about the availability of Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez. Several teams are interested and Colorado is reportedly open to trading a catcher for pitching help.

Hernandez, 36, hit just .217/.247/.353 (45 wRC+) in 196 plate appearances last season while battling hand and hamstring strains. The hamstring required surgery in September. Hernandez is owed $3.2M this year and will become a free agent next winter, so he should be very cheap to acquire. That said, we all know the Yankees are inexplicably happy with the Chris Stewart-Frankie Cervelli catching tandem and won’t seek out an upgrade.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

31 Comments»

  1. jjyank says:

    I liked him quite a bit a couple years ago, but now? I’d pass. If he was younger I might take a shot on him returning to 2010-2011 levels. But he’ll be 37 in May, so the smart money is that he’s just cooked. I’d rather roll the dice with Cervelli.

  2. Shep says:

    At 36 with injury concerns, I would pass. I think Cervelli can bat .217, and for less money.

  3. All these nickel and dime deals start to add up to money. Why not stop these desperate deals and go after a real player like Stanton.

  4. A.D. says:

    Apparently the Yanks have been linked to calling enough random folks that people they haven’t called is news

  5. Dave says:

    Except, you know, Ramon Hernandez is shot and not an upgrade. It is inexplicable that anyone would think he would be.

  6. dcone36 says:

    Agreed—Hernandez is not an upgrade over Cervelli or Stewart. Not great options, but I think they both have something to prove and will be better than we think

  7. Strat says:

    “That said, we all know the Yankees are inexplicably happy with the Chris Stewart-Frankie Cervelli catching tandem and won’t seek out an upgrade.”

    I guess, like me, they don’t see him as an upgrade. In fact, I’d say he’s not even a good bet to stay healthy at this point. He sounds cooked to me both physically and in terms of any skills remaining. Why risk losing one of Cervelli/ Stewart on the outside chance Hernandez can find anything left? IIRC there are no options left on either of those two.

  8. RetroRob (Live from Amsterdam) says:

    Upgrade?

  9. Steve says:

    Inexplicably? Do some research. Read a book. Talk to an expert. Learn about pitch framing

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      fwiw, Cervelli rated as slightly below average in pitch framing in the Mike Fast study.

      And I’m not sure Stewie’s framing/defense is enough to offset his non-existent offense to the extent that it wouldn’t be worth looking for an upgrade.
      Not saying Ramon Hernandez is an upgrade, but there are certainly reasons why the Yankees shouldn’t be completely content with their catching situation. Stewvelli may end up not being a disaster, but it’s a combination that can certainly be improved upon.

  10. Nice Guy Eddie says:

    What kind of pitching help could they possibly think they’re going to get from his guy?

  11. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    the Yankees are inexplicably happy with the Chris Stewart-Frankie Cervelli catching tandem and won’t seek out an upgrade.

    If you think Hernandez is an upgrade over Stewvelli, well, all I can say is your definition of upgrade is definitely different than mine.

  12. Barry says:

    Who isn’t overly happy with Stervelli over him? Dude’s washed up.

  13. Captain Obvious says:

    Maybe we can coax Yogi out of retirement?

  14. MartinRanger says:

    I still wish they’d gone hard after Soto. But Ramon Hernandez? He’s done. 36, injured, a 45 wRC+? How is that an upgrade over Austin Romine?

  15. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    36, hit just .217/.247/.353 (45 wRC+) in 196 plate appearances last season while battling hand and hamstring strains“…upgrade?

    Does not compute.

  16. Joe D. says:

    R Hernandez: 110 + wRC in 2010 and 2011…

    His terrible showing last season (45 wRC) was by far the worst showing of his career, and aided in large part by a .235 BABIP that — even given his advanced age — was very fluky low.

    Chris Stewart’s wRC of 65 last season was the best showing of his career while Cervelli spent 2012 in a battle with the elusive .300 slugging percentage in triple-A. (Congrats to Cervelli, btw, he did win that battle…really reaching for those golden stars.)

    That we would write as done a guy who could easily be a potentially cheap improvement obviously disproves the old adage: Apparently, beggars CAN be choosy.

    If the Rockies were willing to eat half Hernandez’s salary, it would be a smart move for the Yankees to take a whack at RHern and pair him with either Stewart (who at least has pretty solid D going for him) while putting Cervelli back in AAA where he belongs.

    And if Cervelli has no options remaining (I don’t recall), then just waive the sack of crap. Catching depth doesn’t mean jack-squat when the depth is unequivocally pathetic and freely available.

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