I think Hernandez has a lot of upside. If he can stay healthy it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see him deliver Varitek-esque #'s at a much cheaper price.
1) I don't see Javy taking away his AB's. Hernandez is being viewed as an offensive contributor from the catcher position in Balt, which is why it was a no-brainer for them to move Javy to 1b/DH.
2) Camden Yards is SO MUCH better as a hitters park than Petco (and Oakland). He hit 21 in Oakland and managed 18 in cavernous Petco with only 384 AB's.) And he'll have more lineup protection in Baltimore than he had in SD. 20 jacks is a nice, conservative estimate for him, but I think he could easily hit 25.
3) I think .290 was probably an aberration. I'm expecting .275-.280.
4) I've got Ramon ranked like this:
(Irod and Posada will both probably be drafted before Hernandez).
Bluto: Over? Did you say over? NOTHING is over until WE decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? HELL, NO!
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.