Rockies trade Hernandez, waive pitcher they received in return

Harang traded for, then immediately cut

The Colorado Rockies traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodger for right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang and cash considerations Saturday.

Following the trade, the Rockies designated Harang for assignment, essentially making the trade a salary dump. The Rockies designated Hernandez earlier this week when they decided to make Yorvit Torrealba their backup catcher.

Harang, 34, is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons with four teams. In 299 career Major League games, Harang is 105-104 with a 4.19 ERA and 1,460 strikeouts. The right-hander went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers in 2012.

Hernandez, 36, hit .217 (40-for-184) with 10 doubles, 5 home runs and 28 RBI in 52 games with Colorado last season.

The veteran is a career .264 (133-for-5057) Major League hitter with 260 doubles, 8 triples, 166 home runs and 751 RBI in 1,509 career games with Colorado, Cincinnati, Baltimore, San Diego and Oakland.

Hernandez signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract before the 2012 season with Colorado. Torrealba signed a $1 million contract that became guaranteed when the Rockies put him on the 40-man roster just before Opening Day.

The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

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