The Rockies are pursuing free-agent catcher Ramon Hernandez, a move that could lead to a trade of catcher Chris Iannetta to the Angels, major-league sources say.
At the moment, neither deal is close.
Other teams remain in the mix for Hernandez, and one source described the talks between the Rockies and Angels as “just conversation (that) never got real far.”
Both new Angels GM Jerry Dipoto and the team’s major-league staff like Iannetta, sources say. The Angels are actively looking for a catcher; the Reds’ Ryan Hanigan also is on their wish list.
Hernandez made $3 million last season with the Reds. Iannetta is signed for $3.55 million in 2012; he can become a free agent after next season if the Rockies trade him, voiding his $5 million option for ’13.
Hernandez, who began the off-season as a Type A free agent, was re-classified as a Type B as part of the new collective-bargaining agreement.
The Reds would gain a supplementary draft choice between the first and second rounds if they lost Hernandez, but the team that signed him would not forfeit a pick.