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Buyer's guide: Catchers

The lack of good catching across the league is evident in this year's free-agent class

Originally Published: November 11, 2011
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider

Keith Law has already ranked his top 50 free agents, but now he takes you on a more detailed, position-by-position look through the available players. Today, the series concludes with a look at catchers.

Players in demand

1. Ramon Hernandez: This is the best free agency has to offer. He's caught a total of 228 games over the past three seasons, and after a strong first half in 2011 (that was out of line with his career anyway), he wilted in just 38 games after the break, posting a .220/.287/.305 line before he was relegated to part-time duty in favor of heir apparent Devin Mesoraco. He's an above-average throwing catcher and fringy receiver who lives off mistakes and fastballs left over the plate. The state of catching across MLB is bad enough that he's still worth a one-year deal, even at the advanced age of 35.

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