Hernandez DFA’d, Torrealba Backup Catcher

Ramon Hernandez has been designated for assignment today, losing the battle of backup catcher to Yorvit Torrealba.  Hernandez, who spent a chunk of 2012 on the DL, had a mediocre spring while Torrealba hit over .500.

With the DFA, the Rockies have 10 days to trade or release Hernandez.  Ramon wasn’t too pleased with the decision, telling Renck:

I know I can still play.  You mean to say I can’t just because of spring training? I definitely believe I can still help someone. They just felt like Yorvit was a better choice.

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Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I think this pretty much sums it up. Agreed Jare

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I do not want to re-write history here, however my recollection was that it was Yorvit said no to a very fair and even above market offer from the Rockies only to accept about half as much from someone else once he could not find that much value for his services in the marketplace.

Don’t get me wrong – I really like Yorvit – but the old contract negotiations fiasco was completely on him!

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

You are pretty close to right. As I recall the Rockies offered a very fair (around $6M) two year contract while Torrealba wanted 3 years. They ended up signing Olivo for less on a two year deal and Torrealba ended up signing with the Padres for only $1 million. He had really bad advice from his agent. The same type of thing happened with Josh Fogg. The Rockies offered him $5 million for one year and his agent advised him… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

It looks like the Rockies get a better return on trades during the year. Contenders will trade a AA pitcher whose not coming up that year for a third baseman (Nelson) or RF (Cuddyer) to get them over the hump. Let’s hope the Rocks have that clearly in mind when the time comes.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Another fine player acquisition by the best GM in BB!

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

Somebody please explain to me why, if a guy wasn’t good enough then, he is good enough to be brought back now. (Thinking largely of Corpas, I know there are others in the Rockies’ history but can’t bring any names to mind. And I know Yorvit’s situation was as above described.)

This is an actual question. Anyone?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Well for Corpas he had Tommy John surgery and I don’t think the Rockies wanted to bother with his first season back healthy. They let someone else foot the bill for that, considering they already foot the bill for him enough. I guess now that he is back and could be had for cheap they felt it was worth another shot.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Colvin sent down after a horrible spring, meaning BOTH Brignac and Herrera head north with the big club. I have no problem with sending Colvin down, although everyone has to worry that he’s fallen back into his 2011 funk. But keeping both Brignac and Herrera is kind of weird … almost makes me think it’s actually better to have a Giambi as that 25th man. Really, what are you going to do in late innings for a pinch hitter when… Read more »

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