The Reds have placed Ramon Hernandez on waivers, in a fairly foreseeable move. Hernandez has been the focus of many rumors both before and after the trading deadline with so many teams in need of catching help. It’s almost inevitable that a team will make a claim for Ramon and I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the Giants trying the hardest.
Per the waiver rules, once on waivers there is a 48 hour window for a team to claim a player. Once claimed, the owning team can either work out a deal to trade the player or rule to just unload the player and his salary to the claiming team. If no team claims the player after 48 hours, the owning team is open to trade the player to any team. Given Ramon’s play this season (.292/.350/.465 11 HR 33 RBI) and his friendly 1 year $3 million contract there should be no problem for the Reds to get a nice middling piece or two back for the catcher. And the move makes too much sense for the Reds going forward. The chances of the Reds making the playoffs in 2011 are now nearing statistical impossibility and it’s all but decided that Devin Mesoraco will be the big league starter in 2012, so why not give the kid a chance to platoon with Ryan Hanigan (cheaply and long term signed Ryan Hanigan, might I add) and see what kind of rapport he can build with the pitching staff and his teammates in Cincy.
The only monkey wrench that could give the Reds pause in pulling the trigger on a waiver-related transaction of Hernandez is his classification as a Type A free agent. Those two draft picks that come with letting a Type A walk (and Hernandez would most likely walk as opposed to seeking arbitration after the season so he can try to seek a multiyear deal) have become increasing valuable. But I believe the ability to make room for Meso and the haul from a trade would offset any draft picks and the Reds will most likely move Ramon. I know that Ramon will surely be missed and I will be sad to see him go if he is indeed dealt. Alas though, the situation more that likely dictates it.