The Orioles have traded 32-year old righty swinging catcher Ramon Hernandez for the Reds for Ryan Freel and young infielders Justin Turner and Brandon Waring. Hernandez played in 133 games for the Orioles last season and he was 119 for 463 (.257 avg, .714 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 15 homers and 65 RBIs. He has now played in 1,188 games in his major league career in which he is 1,044 for 3,975 (.263 avg, .747 OPS) with 477 runs scored, 137 homers and 602 RBIs. Rookie catcher Matt Wieters will likely have a good chance of being the starting catcher for the Orioles in 2009. 32-year old righty swinging Ryan Freel will likely be a super sub for the Orioles playing everywhere but catcher. Freel played in 48 games for the Reds last season and he was 39 for 131 (.298 avg, .699 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Freel has now played in 553 games in his major league career and he is 515 for 1,895 (.272 avg, .733 OPS) with 295 runs scored, 22 homers, 117 RBIs and 142 stolen bases. 24-year old righty swinging 2B Justin Turner was the Reds’ #29 prospect in the system coming into 2008 according to Baseball America. He played in 111 games in A + AA ball last season and he was 124 for 416 (.298 avg, .785 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 8 homers, 53 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. 22-year old righty swinging 3B Brandon Waring was the Reds’ #23 prospect coming into 2008 according to Baseball America. Waring played in 119 games in A-ball last season and he was 119 for 441 (.270 avg, .813 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 20 homers and 71 RBIs. But, he also whiffed 156 times last season which is way too many. The Orioles did better than I thought they would in a trade for Hernandez as they got two legit prospects and Ryan Freel.