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Rockies, Angels look to upgrade catching

Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:11 pm
It's no secret that both the Rockies and the Angels are looking to upgrade behind the plate this winter.

Whether they can do so in tandem remains to be seen, but the Rockies are working on it.

While pursuing free agent Ramon Hernandez, who spent the past three seasons in Cincinnati, the Rockies have approached the Angels about a deal that would send Chris Iannetta to Anaheim.

The Angels, working under new general manager Jerry DiPoto, declined the offer -- sources said Monday that the "talks did not go very far" -- but the proposal is one that bears watching. The Rockies remain hopeful that if they are able to snag Hernandez, the Angels could provide a landing place for Iannetta.

In addition to catching help, the Rockies also are in the market for a second and a third baseman this winter. They made a strong run at both Jamey Carroll (who signed a two-year deal with the Twins) and Mark Ellis (two years with the Dodgers). They did sign ex-Angels and Pirates infielder Brandon Wood.

With ex-Angel Mike Napoli's October exploits for the Rangers serving as a sledgehammer reminding everyone how short Los Angeles is behind the plate, the Angels are hoping to fill the void this winter. They do not view Hank Conger as being close to a finished product yet, and Bobby Wilson is a backup. The Angels are expected to non-tender Jeff Mathis.

Hernandez is coming off of a one-year, $3 million deal in Cincinnati last season. Iannetta is due $3.55 million in 2012. He will become a free agent after that if he is traded, as a deal automatically would void a $5 million club option for 2013.


Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:03 am

Rockies, Angels look to upgrade catching

So the Los Angeles Angels of Orange County want to upgrade their catching. Well LAAoOC, check behind the plate of the Texas Rangers and there's your upgrade. One of the worst trades in LAAoOC history was Napoli for Vernon Wells. No wonder Reagins got FIRED. I'm surprised Scoscia didn't get canned too. Thing is, there is no upgrade out there via FA better than Napoli.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:29 pm

Rockies, Angels look to upgrade catching

I do not know if this would be a good or bad thing for the Rockies Chris Iannetta has been servicable Hernandez is a good fit for the Rockies. I know the Reds have another good catcher. But the dud did not go hard after Mark Ellis he actually wanted to stay in Colorado but the dud man would not even try with him or Clint Barmes nor Jamey Carrol. And the dud signs Brandon Wood to fill a glaring hole at Third. The dud sat on his butt and did NOT try to sign any of those players.

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