The Boston Red Sox today acquired outfielder Jeremy Hermida from the Florida Marlins in exchange for left-handed pitchers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez.
Jones, 25, made his Major League debut with Boston in 2009 and appeared in 11 games in relief. The left-hander posted a 9.24 ERA (13 ER/12.2 IP) with the Red Sox, compiling nine strikeouts. In 36 relief outings with Triple-A Pawtucket, he was 4-3 with two saves and a 4.25 ERA (25 ER/53.0 IP). Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on July 23, 2005, Jones went 22-14 with 22 saves and a 3.09 ERA (116 ER/338.0 IP) in 178 career minor league games (six starts) in the Boston organization.
The 20-year-old Alvarez combined to go 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA (27 ER/107.2 IP) and 74 strikeouts compared to 16 walks in 26 games (12 starts) between Single-A Salem and Short-A Lowell in 2009. He led the New York-Penn League with a 1.52 ERA (14 ER/83.0 IP) while recording eight wins over 14 outings (12 starts) with Lowell. Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005, the left-hander has compiled a 23-15 record and a 3.21 ERA (116 ER/325.2 IP) in 76 career minor league appearances (48 starts) in the Red Sox system.
The trading of Hermida comes as no shock. During Hermida's time with the Marlins he never lived up to what he was anticipated to be as a player. At one time Hermida was considered the second best prospect in all of baseball, however that didn't blossom the way the Marlins hoped it would. But being ranked as the second best prospect in baseball always means you have trade value because there is always some club, somewhere, who will be willing to take the chance that you are a late bloomer. And maybe that is the case, who knows. We will see.
This leaves the right field door wide open and the Marlins have more than enough quality outfielders to fill the bill. On the surface this is good news for the prospects of the Marlins retaining the services of Cody Ross.
More on this later, since to be honest, I need to look up the new guys.