Ramon Hernandez Traded For Ryan Freel

An article by posted on December 9, 2008

The Baltimore Orioles have traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Ryan Freel and two prospects, according to a major-league source.

The deal is pending the approval of the commissioner’s office, because it involves a cash transaction of more than $1 million.

On Monday, major-league sources said the deal would not be completed unless the Orioles picked up a significant portion of Hernandez’s remaining salary, and apparently they did just that.

Hernandez is owed $8 million in 2009 with a club option of $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2010, meaning he is guaranteed $9 million.

The Mets might have considered Ramon Hernandez had they gone through with a rumored deal that would have sent Brian Schneider to the Red Sox.

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