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While the New York Yankees haven't inquired on Hernandez, Heyman notes that the Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies could all express interest in the Rockies' catcher.
Colorado finds itself approaching Opening Day with a surplus of catchers on its roster. Wilin Rosario is the team's projected regular at the position, while Hernandez, Jordan Pacheco and Yorvit Torrealba are also in camp. Hernandez is the most expensive of the reserve options, as he's set to make $3.2 million this season in the final year of his current contract.
Hernandez only appeared in 52 games for the Rockies last season, hitting .217/.247/.353 with 10 doubles and five home runs over 196 plate appearances. He hit .280/.348/.413 from 2009-11 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, and the 36-year-old owns a career batting line of .264/.327/.417 over 14 seasons in the majors.
Beyond the Rockies, the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays are teams that have a catching surplus. While Toronto could keep all of its backstops, the Nationals are expected to trade veteran Chris Snyder before the start of the regular season.