MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Marlins are big on players who outperform their contract, which is why outfielder Jeremy Hermida is bound for Boston.
The Red Sox acquired the former first-round draft choice Thursday for left-handers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez.
Hermida was the 11th overall pick in 2002 but has yet to fulfill his projected potential. He was among Florida’s best-paid players this year at $2.25 million but hit only .259 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs in 129 games.
“When you acquire a player, sometimes you acquire them because you think there’s a chance that with a change of scenery they’ll reach their potential,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. “Things never really came together for him in the big leagues. That’s not uncommon for young players. He’s about to turn 26, coming into his prime. …
“It may not happen; it may not happen with us,” Epstein added. “Certainly we liked him a lot as an amateur and throughout his minor league career, so from those factors it was a reasonable deal.”
A starter since 2006 for Florida, Hermida is a career .265 hitter with 57 homers.
“He had a lot of opportunity here,” general manager Larry Beinfest said. “Given his talent level, I think the expectation was for more. Hopefully he’ll realize it elsewhere.”