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According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox have acquired OF Jeremy Hermida from the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitchers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez.
Hermida hit .258 with 13 HRs and 47 RBI for the Marlins last season. He was taken with the 11th pick overall in 2002, but has never lived up to all of the hype.
Jones, 25, and Alvarez, 20, were both minor league pitchers in the Sox system. Jones, a lefty, played in 11 games with the big club, finished with a 9.24 ERA in two separate stints. Alvarez, meanwhile, went 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA in Single-A.
This trade seemes harmless on the face. The Red Sox acquired a young outfielder in Hermida, who’s never realized his true potential. They sent two minor league arms and didn’t make a dent into their deep pool of top prospects. It seems like a low-risk, high-reward deal, and it kind of is.
The acquisition of Hermida tells me they’ve completely given up on re-signing Jason Bay, or they view Hermida as a potential fourth outfielder, which I suppose is also possible. The likely scenario, to me, will have Hermida in left field (unless they acquire/sign someone else) and perhaps Adrian Gonzalez at first base. My feeling all along is that if the Red Sox were unable to sign Bay, they’d target Gonzalez immediately. Just a day after the World Series, it looks like the Red Sox are already moving in that direction with the Hermida trade.
One thing’s for certain: the Red Sox are far from finished with their offseason tinkering.