The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired catcher Ramon Hernandez from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Aaron Harang on Saturday, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The Rockies will also receive cash considerations in the deal.
Hernandez, 36, was designated for assignment by the Rockies prior to the start of the season. He signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract prior to the 2012 season, in which he hit .217/.247/.353 in 52 games with Colorado. Hernandez joins a catching corps in Los Angeles that already includes A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz.
Harang, 34, went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers in 2012. He struggled in spring training this year, posting an 8.20 ERA in five starts. The acquisition of Harang by the Rockies appears to be a cost-cutting measure, as the club designated him for assignment (placing him on the trade market) immediately following the acquisition.