Orioles: Ramon to Cincinnati talk
There has been talk for days that Ramon Hernandez could be headed to Cincinnati, perhaps for fourth outfielder Ryan Freel. If that goes down, the Orioles would likely sign a stop-gap catcher (Gregg Zaun?) and ease Matt Wieters into the position.
The O's would likely have to absorb some of Ramon's salary to get that deal done. Freel stole more than 30 bases in each of the three seasons in which he played more than 100 games, but only appeared in a total of 123 games the past two seasons. He would provide the Orioles with some right-handed depth in the outfield, even if the club also succeeds in acquiring left-handed hitting outfielder Felix Pie.
Coming up: I'll have a few more O's notes in about 15 minutes.