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Jeremy Hermida signs with the Athletics

Sep 4, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

Just days after being released by the Red Sox, Jeremy Hermida has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics.

Hermida debuted with Triple-A Sacramento last night and helped the RiverCats clinch the Pacific Coast League Pacific South division title by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI, according to Alex Espinosa of MLB.com.

Limited to just 52 games at the major league level this season, Hermida is batting just .203/.257/.348 with five home runs and 27 RBI. He missed six weeks due to fractured ribs and was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket after being designated for assignment on July 31.

We’re still waiting for any signs of the player who posted an impressive 870 OPS at the age of 23 with the Marlins in 2007. He’s a perpetual tease at this point, but it’s tough to blame Billy Beane for taking a flier here.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Maybe getting released was a wake-up slap in the face for this kid, who has so much talent but so little focus. Maybe if Tim Lincecum can take him for a walking tour of North Beach (the Haight is so-o-o-o retro), maybe a little jazz and uni nigiri at Yoshi’s, he can help him find his one-pointedness again. He’s a strong kid and when he’s paying attention he can put a charge into a ball. I doubt if he’s going to carry the beloved As into October on his latissimus dorsi next season but if he gets his head out of his colostemy bag for an entire season he could be a very helpful clump of roster-filler.

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