2013 Dodgers review: Ramon Hernandez

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A look back at the 2013 season for catcher Ramon Hernandez, who was a Dodger for a little over two months.

If there is one glaring area of weakness in the Dodgers system, it is catching depth. That led the club to deal for Ramon Hernandez during the first week of the regular season.

What went right

The Dodgers had seven individual games in 2013 with a home run and a stolen base, including four by Hanley Ramirez. But the first one of those games was by Hernandez, who turned the trick against Arizona on June 12.

Hernandez hit one of the Dodgers' two home runs as a designated hitter in 2013, and led the team's catchers with a .728 OPS.

In trading Aaron Harang for Hernandez the Dodgers did save about $2 million, which even for a payroll of $230 million plus is nothing to sneeze at.

What went wrong

Though he had nice power numbers, Hernandez did hit just .208 (10-for-48) with a .291 on-base percentage.

Hernandez had a pair of passed balls in just 98 innings, and had this unfortunate drop of a sure out on June 12 against the Diamondbacks.

He fell behind presumed odd man out Tim Federowicz on the catching depth chart and was designated for assignment on June 14.

2014 status

Hernandez, who turns 38 in May, is a free agent.

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