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.

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Hughes feels fine after sim game, minor league game could be next
Open Thread: 3/18 Camp Notes
  • jjyank

    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.

  • Shep

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

  • http://riveravenueblues Mississippi Doc

    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.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Likely because either:

      A) The Marlins aren’t interested in trading him
      B) The Yankees don’t have the pieces The Marlins want (even when counting ALL the top prospects they have in the minors)
      C) he hasn’t played well at catcher thus far in his MLB career (OK, you can dismiss this one).

      • jjyank

        Yeah, pretty much this. Force trades ain’t on in real life.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Because he’s not available.

      • vin

        Fine… but please explain Cashman’s disinterest in acquiring Mike Trout???

    • Steve (different one)

      You do realize Stanton has nothing to do with money, right?

      • MannyGeee

        or Ramon Hernandez, or catching, or the conversation in general.

  • A.D.

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

  • Dave

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

  • http://cbs dcone36

    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

    • herby

      A garbage can with a painted on glove is an upgrade to Hernandez

      • http://www.twitter.com/thewallbreakers Scully

        haha Awesome.

  • Strat

    “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.

  • RetroRob (Live from Amsterdam)

    Upgrade?

  • Steve

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      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.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        He’s being sarcastic, quoting the one who’s name we shall not mention. Ever.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Thought it might just be a fan of he who shall not be named.

  • Nice Guy Eddie

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

    • MannyGeee

      Trade him for Teh Cliff Leez!!!

      /RAB commenters from 3 years ago’d

  • trr

    pass

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    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.

    • Barry

      Made me think this as well.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Me as well.

  • Barry

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

  • Captain Obvious

    Maybe we can coax Yogi out of retirement?

  • MartinRanger

    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?

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

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

    Does not compute.

  • Joe D.

    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.