The Colorado Rockies traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang and cash considerations on Saturday afternoon. Hernandez had been designated for assignment at the close of spring training.
Hernandez, 36, was designated for assignment by the Rockies prior to the start of the season. He signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract prior to the 2012 season, in which he hit .217/.247/.353 in 52 games with Colorado. Hernandez joins a catching corps in Los Angeles that already includes A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz.
Harang, 34, went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers in 2012. He struggled in spring training this year, posting an 8.20 ERA in five starts. The acquisition of Harang by the Rockies is a cost-cutting measure and an opportunity to trade the pitcher, as he was designated for assignment after the trade was officially announced.
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