Hermida’s DFA

Over the weekend, the Boston Red Sox designated Jeremy Hermida for assignment. The move came less than eight months after the red Sox traded Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones to the Marlins for the non-tender candidate and just years after Hermida seemingly broke out. Oh yes, that 2007 season when the 23-year-old Hermida hit .296/.369/.501 feels like forever ago.

That season never became the ordinary. The progress never materialized as authentic. The power he showed that season – not so much the career best 18 home runs, but the 32 doubles; he would only hit 36 doubles over the next two seasons – never returned, not even as Hermida received 171 plate appearances in Fenway Park. The potential that made Hermida one of baseball’s most promising youngsters is unfulfilled. Some blame injures – Hermida has played in more than 140 games once in his big league career – while others will blame an assortment of factors.

So, here he is, freely available with the only opportunity cost being a roster spot and the remainder of his salary. For his career, he’s been a perfectly average hitter (102 wRC+) who happens to stand in a corner outfield spot and bat left-handed. Frankly, Hermida is a prolonged power surge from being Rick Ankiel. He could help a team, and while potential is not static, he’s about to enter the period in which you would suspect will hold his statistical prime.

Not that Boston is mistaken in electing to promote Ryan Kalish. Their playoff hopes are dimming and it might be time to discover which of the prospects can help in 2011. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see some team claim Hermida and give him a chance to get back on track. Then again, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hermida go unclaimed and eventually make his way back into Boston’s good graces either.

Hermida’s story has a pale tone right now; hopefully, it shows more color soon. For baseball’s sake.

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  1. P.X. Brown says:

    I drafted a minor league prospect-Hermida in 2005 and cackled with delight when he hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. I really thought he was destined for great things, despite a few select trash-talking league mates.

    The moment I realized he might not be a superstar in the making though, was the following season. My friend was working as an intern in Dunedin for the Blue Jays minor league affiliate, and Hermida was in town on a rehab assignment for the Marlins, so I had my friend give me the scouting report on him. Hermida got one at-bat and was tossed. From a Single-A game. On a rehab appearance. It was a bad sign to me that the guy just didn’t have his priorities straight, and I can’t help but feel that it was a larger statement on his character. Maybe its just a coincidence, but I think Hermida just didn’t have the makeup to fulfill the greatness his tools portended.

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  2. MikeS says:

    He’d be an improvement over Mark Kotsay for the White Sox.

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  3. Jeff says:

    “…hopefully, it shows more color soon. For baseball’s sake. ”

    I don’t understand this hyperbolic expression. What exactly about Hermida is so awesome that the world needs him back? He’s not an interesting character, he’s not an awesome fielder and he doesn’t have a nice Hamilton-esque story. He’s made a bunch of money already and he had plenty of chances to make more. And, by many accounts, he has lost the joy in playing the sport for a while now.

    I just want to understand why people would miss him. He’s done well for himself, compared to 99.99% of the people in the country and he doesn’t have the kind of skill sets that make him utterly unique. It was fun watching you for a while, Jeremy. Thanks for giving Mariano Rivera one of his blown saves. Good luck with retirement.

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  4. BX says:

    Oakland needs to sign this guy. He’s better than at least two outfielders on the 25 man roster right now.

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  5. pft says:

    He is a horrible fileder, just awful. Made Manny look like a Gold Glover. Might make a decent DH.

    Hermida had some big hits for the Red Sox early on, in April and early May, but maybe the league caught up with him.

    Not sure his ribs are fully healed, which might have affected him after coming off the DL.

    Teams seem to be in the penny pinching mode, so my bet is he clears waivers.
    Mariners should grab him IMHO for next year at DH, but I doubt they will.

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  6. Eric M. Van says:

    He has an option left, so if he’s unclaimed (technically he’s on “optional assignment waivers”) he’ll stay on the Sox’ 40-man roster.

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  7. Mafrth77 says:

    The Red Sox , not really known for bad decision making, cut him instead of Darnell McDonald, Eric Patterson and indie leaguer Daniel Nava. Hermida is brutally bad defensively, has no contact skills anymore and his patientce and power are gone. there are better upside plays in the free talent pool.

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