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Mets to Acquire Ramon Hernandez?

The Mets have a few off season upgrades that need to be made this season, and one of them is at the catchers spot. Paul Lo Duca, despite desperately wanting to stay, is probably on his way out. The Orioles were disappointed with Hernandez this season and may be willing to make a trade. He batted .258 with 9 HR and 62 RBI while Lo Duca batted .272 with 9 HR and 54 RBI. It is possible to see the Orioles make a run at Lo Duca, if they trade Hernandez for a low level prospect or two. Lo Duca and Hernandez are pretty similar catchers. They put up similiar numbers, and defense is about even. However, Lo Duca will make around 5-6 million next season while Hernandez is under contract til 2009 with a club option for 2010. Yes, he will be making 15.5 million over the next two seasons but if the Orioles are willing to pay a part of the salary that would be a great deal for the Mets. It would also allow the Mets to save money for something else, maybe Kosuke Fukudome, and give time for one of their young catchers to develop into something. Not only that, but they could also pursue a free agent outfielder, or prepare a contract for Johan Santana, if they are able to acquire him. Trading for someone under contract these days, especially if he is similar to the guy who previously held the position, it will go a long way. A trade like this, however, will probably be discussed at the Winter Meetings.