It has been a disappointing tenure in Miami for Jeremy Hermida. The potential was there for the former 11th pick but it just never materialized. In 2009, Hermida hit .259 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI; his OBP was just 348 and he K’d 101 times. It was frustrating for most Marlin fans to see Hermida possess a laser arm in RF but make some bone-headed mistakes out there in fielding the ball.
So, the Marlins pulled the trigger on a trade – with another familiar franchise the Boston Red Sox. In return, the Marlins received Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez, both lefties from the Red Sox farm system.
After making 2.2M this past season, Hermida was up for arbitration and could stand to make more money heading into 2010. Not a valuable move for the Fish considering they have options for the outfield position. Perhaps the Marlins will keep Cody Ross around as a result; they could just go with Brett Carroll who has shown great defensive prowess as well as grit on offense.
This is a move about the future though. Hermida was not going to be a part of it. It is debateable what role Jones and Alvarez play though, too. Still, this is a typical Beinfest move – get pitching in return to continue to build up the assets you have on hand.