Dodgers trade Aaron Harang for neither Ramon Martinez nor Carlos Hernandez



The Dodgers have traded Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for, broadly speaking, the second coming of Rod Barajas – an old, slow catcher with perhaps some vestiges of power.

The acquisition of catcher Ramon Hernandez is much more like an NBA salary-cap maneuver than a traditional baseball trade, especially considering the Rockies immediately designated Harang for assignment. Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. parses the details.

… Hernandez has a salary of $3.2 million this season, and was designated for assignment on Mar. 29. Harang is due $7 million this season, and has an option for 2014 that could vest with at least 180⅓ innings pitched in 2013, or a buyout of $2 million.

The Rockies designated Harang for assignment immediately upon making the trade.

Counting Sunday, Mar. 31, six days of the 183-day season have lapsed. That means the Dodgers are on the hook for $3,095,082 of Hernandez’s salary, and the Rockies responsible for $6,770,492 for Harang, plus the $2 million buyout in 2014, though Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Dodgers would send $4.25 million to Colorado.

So, instead of having $9 million guaranteed to Harang, the Dodgers will instead pay approximately $7,574,590 ($3,095,082 for Hernandez, $229,508 for Harang, and $4.25 million to Colorado). Subtract the major league salary that would have been paid to Tim Federowicz and the Dodgers save approximately $2 million and upgraded their catching depth. …

Major League Baseball’s first Ramon Hernandez had a 3.03 ERA in 403 1/3 innings from 1967-77 (including 2.36 from 1971-75), peaking with a 1.67 ERA in 70 innings for the 1972 National League East champion Pirates.

This Ramon Hernandez has 166 home runs and a .744 OPS in 14 seasons, dipping sharply in 2012 when he had a .601 OPS in 196 plate appearances for Colorado (though he did go 3 for 4 against the Dodgers in a game last May). He turns 37 next month. Lucille IV, anyone?

Federowicz will probably remain on the Dodger roster until the team activates Chad Billingsley for his Wednesday start. It’s a sad but not altogether surprising turn for Federowicz, who essentially is enduring what current Dodger starter A.J. Ellis did in previous years – watching a veteran take the backup spot. The upside is that Federowicz, still only 25 and unlike Fernandez, the first of his name in the majors, can play regularly for Albuquerque.

I didn’t have the highest hopes for what the Dodgers would get for Harang, but I did dream that he might bring an actual bat off the bench instead of more filler. In a sense, that’s what Harang himself had become, despite the $12 million, two-year deal he signed in December 2011.

Harang leaves with two great Dodger Stadium memories – throwing six no-hit innings on July 9, 2011 and setting a team record with nine consecutive strikeouts 51 weeks ago today, on April 13, 2012.

Pirates at Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.
Kershaw CLI: Kershawrgo

Carl Crawford, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Andre Ethier, RF
Luis Cruz, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Justin Sellers, SS
Clayton Kershaw, P

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I don’t get it…the title and the cards name don’t match…I guess I’m not awake from my nap to get the joke

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      The cards are Ramon Hernandez, who are neither Ramon Martinez nor Carlos Hernandez, but rather the two names combined.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    It’s time for Dodger Baseball!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good to see Marte needs a refresher in base running 101

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      His desk will be between Adrian and Carl’s.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    6 pitch inning…good start

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Carl turns a walk into a double…speed kills

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Kershaw 21 pitches after 2
    Burnett 20 pitches after 1
    Hopefully this gets us into their bullpen sooner

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come Justin get on for Clayton

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Carl has been the bright spot in this offense, even with his 0-4 yesterday. Now knock him in guys!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      there you go!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice hit Dre…Come on AJ

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good job Clayton…come on CC

  • Anonymous

    I feel more comfortable coming here during games. I hope more guys start showing up though.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      me too…I don’t like having the majority of the posts, but I do it so I can attract more people
      No posts..no one follows

      • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

        I don’t know if it’s meant to be or not, but it will probably take weeks or months to get a larger group here. Of course, a smaller group can be chummy :)

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          I know people are noticing and reading but I read every comment on the larger blogs and I see the posts

          • Anonymous

            I’ll come back semi-regularly

  • Anonymous

    I hope Ramirez goes into that 2-spot when he gets back.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      I imagine they’ll stick him back at 5th. I realize his speed is desireable in the 2-spot but I don’t think Hanley is the kind of hitter that just puts the ball in play to get a guy over. He is more of a free swinger.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, that’s probably more likely. Been burned a few times already by having Ellis in that second spot.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

          True, though he does have the lone RBI tonight.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on AJ

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Alright come on Luis now would be a perfect time to get your 1st hit

    • Anonymous

      You answered my question…does he have a hit yet? No :(

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        neither does sellers

  • Anonymous

    No moar pop ups!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Cruz is golfing up there, trying to hit em out.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, it’s crazy the amount of balls he has popped up.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Luis Cruz had chance for his first unintentional walk since August 29, and with the bases loaded and the count 3-1, popped out … again.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      sigh

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Left side of the Dodger infield now 0 for 31 this season. Eugenio Velez is getting ready to laugh at us.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      I disliked this post because that is depressing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Kershaw disappointed they take him out instead of letting him swing away

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I say Paco and Kenley for the win

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice hit Carl…just served it up…Mark does the same

  • Anonymous

    :(

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    At least he didn’t strike out?

  • Jack Dawkins

    Nice to see we are in midseason form already.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    At least they bring in Paco
    Let’s see if they follow up with Kenley

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Not this soon…I meant the 9th

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Too bad Shoe replaces our offensive threat

  • Anonymous

    That music does sound pretty loud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

    I was hoping McGwire would bring offense with him!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I think they are all pressing except CC

  • Anonymous

    How about some insurance?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Gonzo

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ok Dre Drive him in

  • Anonymous

    Kenley Jansen looks menacing, ha.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    come on come on come on…please

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    he’s trying to hit everything out of the park

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    I think the ratio of Cruz to boos is beginning to shift…

  • Anonymous

    If the Kid’s performance is wasted . . .

    C’mon, League!

  • Anonymous

    I like that hop!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    That looked scary….that jump at the end…I don’t know?

    • Anonymous

      Just a little showmanship.

  • Anonymous

    1 more . . . !

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good win…Lot of men left on base…soon there won’t be as many stranded

  • Anonymous

    Whew!!!!!!!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      yea exactly…that last walk worried me

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    If only we could throw Kershaw or Greinke out there every night.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • Anonymous

    “All three wins, they’ve blanked the opposition”

    With this offense, apparently that’s the only way to do it.