Mets In Trade Talks With Rockies
Reports are circulating that the Mets are trying to trade for Rockies veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez when he comes of the D.L. soon. He is currently on a rehab assignment coming back from a hand injury. Hernandez is expendable because Wilin Rosario has taken over as the Rockies everyday catcher. Hernandez, 36, is hitting .215 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 93 at-bats. Hernandez has $3.2 million salaries this year and in 2013.
Sources are reporting that Sandy Alderson is trying to get lefty reliever Matt Reynolds added to the deal. The Rockies had tried to acquire Justin Turner last year, and may still have some interest. The Mets would not have to part with any top prospects to make this deal, but some B-level prospects names have been bandied around. Players like shortstop Wilfredo Tovar, right-handed fire-baller Domingo Tapia, center-fielder Matt den Dekker, and lefty reliever Josh Edgin.
Reynolds is a 6’5″ lefty who is currently 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched, with a 35/9 K/BB ratio.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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