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Wow. Just as I thought the Reds had given up on any hope they had for Ramon Hernandez, he slides in the back door. Cincinnati just signed him to a one-year contract (with options) worth $3 million. The Reds had declined his $8.5 million option earlier, and many, including myself, were not sad to see him depart. Ryan Hanigan can play the position for one-eighth of the price or less, and just as well I might add. I had big plans for that money! He came over to the Reds in a deal that sent "Swiss Utility Knife-like" player Ryan Freel to the Baltimore Orioles during the 2008 offseason. Freel has since been with at least two other squads, so the trade, as it were, could be called a wash or push. Hernandez filled in at first base while Joey Votto underwent personal maladies. Although he did fie ...

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