Arbitration Avoided: Boston Red Sox Agree To Contract With Jeremy Hermida

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Arbitration Avoided: Boston Red Sox Agree To Contract With Jeremy Hermida
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Yesterday, The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Red Sox have once again avoided arbitration; this time with Jeremy Hermida.

The deal is supposedly a one-year pact worth $3.345 million, which raises his previous salary in 2009 by about one million dollars.

Theo Epstein has yet to deal with arbitration with any of his players in his tenure as Boston Red Sox General Manager and this year was no exception.

Epstein has inked deals with Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarman, and Jonathan Papelbon for one-year deals and it seems as though Hermida joins the rest of the group in receiving substantial raises.

In 2009, Hermida had another disappointing season as he hit .259 with 13 home runs and 47 runs batted in. He also spent some time on the disabled list with an intercostal (rib muscle) strain on his right side.

Hermida is looking for a new start in Boston as the eager and versatile youngster looks to live up to his acclaimed, false expectations with the Florida Marlins. He has batted a career .265 batting average and a .425 slugging percentage in all his years in Florida.

Hermida's best year was in 2007 when he hit .296 with 18 home runs, 63 runs batted in, and a slugging percentage of .501. He has been plagued by some injuries, but in my opinion, Hermida has a lot less to worry about now that he's on the bench.

Expectations are lowered for him and he now can have the chance to prove himself to not only the Red Sox, but to all the other MLB teams that he is no pushover.

With J.D. Drew likely spending time on the DL at some point this season, I believe Hermida will have plenty of opportunity in Boston.

Some may have given up on him, but if he can revert back to his 2007 form, we could be looking at a $3 million dollar bench player who was worth every cent.

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