The Mets, who are in need of a right-handed bat and bullpen help, are currently in talks with the Colorado Rockies over catcher Ramon Hernandez. New York is looking to acquire the veteran backstop without trading away any important prospects such as Josh Edgin, Matt Den Dekker, or Domingo Tapia. In 101 at-bats, Hernandez is batting .215 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 2012.
The Mets would most likely send utility player Justin Turner to Colorado in the deal. There has been news that New York is also trying to acquire LHP Matt Reynolds in the trade, providing Terry Collins with a second lefty in the bullpen. Reynolds has a 3.38 ERA this season and has a 3-0 record in 39 games for the Rockies this season.
I don’t really like this trade too much. Sure the Mets need a right-handed bat and they would not have to give up that much in the trade, but Hernandez is only hitting .215 which is not much better than what Mike Nickeas is doing. The chemistry of the team is good right now and pitchers supposedly feel very comfortable pitching to Nickeas. Why mess with the pitching staff? As for Reynolds, he would be a solid pickup but the Mets could give AAA reliever Josh Edgin a try before making a trade. I understand why the Mets are looking at right-handed catchers like Hernandez, Miguel Olivo, and Kelly Shoppach. But this is something they should have addressed in the off-season before they handed Nickeas the back up catcher role.