MLB Trade Rumors: The Cincinnati Reds Look to Trade Ramon Hernandez

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MLB Trade Rumors: The Cincinnati Reds Look to Trade Ramon Hernandez
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Giants are interested in the Cincinnati Reds' veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez.

Since Buster Posey's season-ending injury in late May, the Giants have been scrambling to find a solid replacement. They are currently using Eli Whiteside (.229 BA) and Chris Stewart (.172)—two guys that aren't making the cut for manager Bruce Bochy's standards.

Hernandez turned 35 in May, but is playing as if he had just hit his prime. The Venezuela-native is hitting .322 this season with 10 home runs and 26 RBI. His on-base percentage is .377, which is significantly higher than lead-off hitter Drew Stubbs (.324).

What's in it for the Reds, you ask?

With Hernandez making just $3M this year, Cincinnati has the cap and the depth to part with him. Ryan Hanigan is reliable, and the 2007 first-round draft pick Devin Mesoraco is an up-and-coming MLB prospect.

Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey and Fred Lewis—Cincinnati's carousel of left fielders this season—have a combined batting average of .242 while knocking 23 balls out of the park, 77 RBI and 141 strikeouts. These numbers aren't awful—especially the 23 homers and 77 RBI—but their .213 batting average with runners in scoring position is a kyrptonite to the Reds' lineup.

The Giants' right fielder, left-handed batter Nate Shierholtz, has played in 83 of the team's 92 games so far, grinding out 65 hits in 222 at bats (.293) this season. He has 15 doubles—Gomes has eight in 206 at bats—and has hit seven HRs with 31 RBI.

He's also on a tear as of late, hitting .526 with three home runs and seven RBI in his last five games.

The 27-year old slugger has an on-base percentage of .343 and has struck out only 33 times—Gomes is at 70.

And Shierholtz only gets paid $432,500, making way for Cincinnati to request for a young pitching prospect from San Francisco's farm system as well.

This move would alter the Reds' lineup a little, potentially sending Gomes to Louisville Triple-A, allowing him the opportunity to get his swing back. Heisey and Lewis would battle for playing time (and their jobs). Shierholtz would probably bat in Gomes' place in the seven-hole behind Scott Rolen. He'd be asked to start in left field, while Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce continue performing well at their defensive positions.

And with the non-waiver trade deadline ending on July 31 (not to mention a needed roster adjustment for the Reds), a move is bound to be made.

Here is why this trade needs to happen and its benefits to both organizations.

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