Indians sign Hermida to minor league deal
Today the Indians have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Jeremy Hermida. The deal is still not official because he has yet to take his physical. Provided he passes his physical, the deal should be officially announced in the next few days and will probably include an invite to Major League spring training.
Hermida, 29, opened last season with the Padres and went 6-for-24 at the plate with no homers and 2 RBI in 13 games before being going on the disabled list on April 27th with a strained abductor muscle. He spent two months on the disabled list and returned to action around the All Star break with Triple-A Tucson and hit .252 with 3 homers, 22 RBI and .675 OPS in 44 games. On August 22nd he was designated for assignment to clear room on the Padres 40-man roster and was released on August 28th.
In eight seasons in the big leagues Hermida is a career .257 hitter with 65 HR, 250 RBI, and .749 OPS in 632 games; however, over the last three seasons he has played in just a total of 115 games at the Major League level and hit .214 with 8 HR, 40 RBI and .632 OPS. In ten minor league seasons he is a career .288 hitter with 59 HR, 288 RBI and .836 OPS in 584 games, and was once Baseball America’s #4 ranked prospect in all of baseball going into the 2006 season.
This is a depth signing for the Indians, somewhat in the vein of Travis Buck from two offseason’s ago where they are taking a flyer on a former highly valued prospect that for whatever reason did not fare well in the big leagues. He probably has little chance to make the opening day roster in Cleveland, but if he has a good showing in spring training he could open at Triple-A Columbus and be an option later in the year if injuries and performance issues crop up in the outfield for the Indians – and of course – he is playing well.
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