I thought I would start a generic type thread to post news bites from the offseason. My Reds make a deal for a much needed decent catcher. I hate to lose Freel though. That guy gave 110%. I once saw him SPRINT to first base after grounding to the pitcher. We were down 13-2 in the 9th inning! Reds trade Freel to Orioles LAS VEGAS -- The Reds have agreed with the Orioles on a trade to send utilityman Ryan Freel and two minor leaguers to Baltimore in exchange for catcher Ramon Hernandez. The Reds will send Freel and minor leaguers Justin Turner and Brandon Waring to the Orioles for catcher Ramon Hernandez. The Reds will get at least $1 million in cash in the deal. Freel was due to make $4 million in 2009. Turner was the club's seventh-round pick in 2006, Waring was the seventh-round pick in '07. Turner, a second baseman, combined to hit .289 with eight home runs and 53 RBI at Dayton and Sarasota. He hit .337 in the Arizona Fall League. Waring, a third baseman, hit .270 with 20 and 71 RBI for Single-A Dayton. Both are borderline Top 10 prospects.