DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have bolstered their depth at catcher, agreeing to a $6.4 million, two-year contract with veteran Ramon Hernandez.

In other moves Monday, the Rockies agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year deal with pitcher Kevin Slowey ($2.75 million) and declined to offer 2012 contracts to outfielders Ryan Spilborghs and Cole Garner.

Hernandez, who gets $3.2 million each year, played the past three seasons with Cincinnati. He hit .282 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs last season.

The Rockies were in the market for another catcher after trading Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Tyler Chatwood late last month.

The 35-year-old Hernandez joins his fifth major league club. He also has spent time with Oakland, San Diego and Baltimore.

Hernandez will compete for the starting job with Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco.

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  1. jh says:

    What’s wrong with finding baseball talent born in the US?

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