Ramon Hernandez will return to the Reds next season…Here’s the press release:

Catcher Signs 1-Year Contract With An Option For 2011

CINCINNATI – President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced that the Cincinnati Reds and C Ramon Hernandez have agreed to terms on a 1-year contract through the 2010 season with an option for 2011. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We’re very happy to have Ramon back for next season,” Jocketty said. “He provides us with stability behind the plate, both offensively and defensively. Last season he showed his versatility by playing first base for an extended period of time. Re-signing him was a priority for us this off-season.”

In 81 games last season Hernandez hit .258 with 13 doubles, 5 HR and 37 RBI. With Joey Votto on the disabled list in June, Hernandez started at first base in 18 of the Reds’ 21 games. From July 20-September 18 he missed 57 games while on the disabled list with a left knee injury that required surgery.

On December 9 of last year Hernandez was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles, along with cash, in exchange for IF/OF Ryan Freel and minor leaguers IF Justin Turner and IF Brandon Waring. While with the Orioles he had signed a contract through the 2009 season with a club option for 2010.

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