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Padres' Moves Slow to a Crawl...For Now

New Padres catcher Ramon Hernandez

In the Oakland A's clubhouse, the lockers of catcher Ramon Hernandez and outfielder Terrence Long were side-by-side. <br><br> "That could make it easier when I join the Padres," Hernandez said Wednesday (Nov. 26) after the trade sending him and Long to San Diego for center fielder Mark Kotsay was finalized.

"I'm happy to come to San Diego," Ramon Hernandez began on his trade to the Padres. "It's exciting. Everything will be new. It's just like being a little kid. When things are new, they are happy." But while Hernandez was expressing "excitement" about joining the Padres, he shouldn't be alarmed if Long is not in Peoria, Ariz., next February to greet him when spring training begins. No sooner...

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