Ramon Hernandez Claimed off Waivers but Retracted by Reds

By Cliff Eastham


Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Ramon Hernandez was claimed off waivers by an unnamed team and pulled back, meaning he will stay with the Reds throughout the 2011 season, according to John Hayman of SI.com.

It brings to mind an adult teasing a child with a play toy, dangling it in front of their face then pulling it back when they grab for it. Waivers should be for the Masons or some other secret fraternity. Someone could get hurt in the black hole they assemble never to be heard from again.

The 13-year veteran has been projected as a type A free agent. He is only going to be paid roughly $500K for the rest of this season, and if he goes to another team, the Reds will receive draft choices.

There was high speculation that Hernandez would be claimed be a team still in the hunt, and the Reds could bring stud minor leaguer Devin Mesoraco up earlier than expected.

The past two seasons the Reds have brought up catcher Corky Miller from Triple-A Louisville, at the September call ups. Now it is probably going to  be Mesoraco placed on the 40-man roster and brought up instead.

Hernandez is having a good year splitting time with Ryan Hanigan. He has a line of .287/.344/.455 with 11 HR and 33 RBI. It is his highest home run output since he hit 15 with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008.

The mission of attempting to understand the mindset of skipper Dusty Baker and or GM Walt Jocketty becomes more difficult as it goes. Roster management and lineups are certainly cloaked in ambiguity.

When the mystical number for elimination materializes, just as the balm of Gilead soothes all that ails one, the sense of despair turns to melancholy and clearer thinking shall perhaps prevail.

That was the poet in me trying to describe how it will be when the Reds become mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Then perhaps players can play where they need to play.

Mesoraco, or Yasmani Grandal (already on the 40-man roster) should start every game in which Bronson Arroyo does not pitch. That will keep Hanigan alive and his juices flowing.

What we have here folks is a disadvantage (if you can call it that) of having a great farm system. You have so many players rich in potential and literally no place to put them. Wonder how Miller feels? Will he ever play MLB ball again?

Billy Hamilton, although playing in the Low-A Midwest League at Dayton, is considered by the Reds as ‘untouchable’. He looks like he could be the next Maury Wills or Rickey Henderson on the bases. He currently has 92 steals on the season.

He is a shortstop and it looks like that job will belong to Zack Cozart once he recuperates from surgery, next season. So what will become of Hamilton? Will he not be a big-leaguer until he is 25 or 26?

But you know Baker – friend of the journeyman – taskmaster of the student. He will keep it like it is until the season ends. Oh, you will see ________________ (fill in either Mesoraco or Grandal in the blank) pinch hit and maybe play a little double-switch which Baker has become synonymous with.

As far as starting, it could possibly happen but I would be blown away if it did.

Cliff Notes:

  • Baker still sets them down after a big night. Yonder Alonso had 3 H and 4 RBI in the first game against Florida, hasn’t started since.
  • The Reds opened the series with the Nationals with a 4-3 win as Miguel Cairo’s walk-off single won it.
  • The Reds continue to produce just enough offense to prevent Dontrelle Willis from winning his first game. Another Quality Start by the D-Train goes for naught.
  • Todd Frazier looked impressive in his first shot at shortstop.
  • Saturday, the Reds look to bring their record to .500 for the first time since they were beaten by the Cardinals on the 4th of July.



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