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Red Sox land outfielder Hermida in deal with Marlins

Nov 5, 2009, 5:54 PM EDT

hermida.jpgThe Red Sox acquired disappointing outfielder Jeremy Hermida in a three-player deal with the Marlins on Thursday, surrendering left-handers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez in the bargain.
Hermida was hardly an obvious fit for the Red Sox, given his left-handedness and the presence of J.D. Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury ahead of him in the outfield. Still, GM Theo Epstein’s philosophy is to keep bringing in talent and to worry about making it work later. Hermida hit a modest .259/.348/.392 in his age-25 season, and it was clear that the Marlins were done with him. The Red Sox, though, saw a former elite prospect with very good plate discipline who is only now reaching his prime years and snapped him up.
At the moment, Hermida tops Boston’s depth chart in left field, in the event that Jason Bay leaves as a free agent. He’ll most likely enter the year as a part-timer, and we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him being traded elsewhere later.
The price was modest. Jones, 25, is a fringe reliever who gave up 13 runs in 12 2/3 innings in the majors this season. He has impressed enough against lefties in the minors to give some reason for optimism that he’ll be useful in a limited role. Alvarez is just 20, and he managed a 1.52 ERA in 12 starts and two relief appearances in the short-season New York-Penn League last season. However, that was after he failed as a starter in the Sally League in 2008. Neither lefty ranked among Boston’s 10-best pitching prospects.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 5, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    There won’t be many moist eyes down here in Marlins Land at the departure of Hermida. We were kind of surprised that he didn’t get cleared out last offseason along with fellow stiffs Mike Jacobs and Mike “Mrs. Misty” Treanor. His “potential” always dangled ahead of him like those strawberries we used to hang on fishing line from bamboo poles in front of hungry Galapagos tortoises when we were taken to ride them at the petting zoo as kids. He left me with the impression that he specialized in hitting home runs when it didn’t matter and leaving runners stranded in scoring position when it did.
    Maybe they’ll replace him with someone who has fulfilled their potential, like…uh…Lastings Milledge.

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