The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with outfielder Jeremy Hermida on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2010 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Terms were not disclosed.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Hermida, who turns 26 on January 30, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Florida Marlins on November 5, 2009. The left-handed hitter batted .259 (111-for-429) with 13 home runs and 47 RBI over 129 games with the Marlins in 2009 and set a career high with 56 walks. He finished sixth among qualifying National League outfielders with a .995 fielding percentage, making just one error in 205 total chances over 81 games (73 starts) in right field and 51 (40 starts) in left. He appeared in just three games after August 31 due to an intercostal strain on his right side.
Selected by Florida in the first round (11th overall) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Hermida has a .265 batting average (452-for-1,708), 57 homers and 210 RBI in 516 career Major League games with the Marlins. He owns a .996 fielding percentage (1 error/264 total chances) in 151 contests beginning August 8, 2008, second among NL outfielders over that time behind only Randy Winn (1.000).
With today’s move, Boston has no unsigned players eligible for salary arbitration in 2010.
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(Editor's Note: This continues Theo Epstein's streak of no arbitration hearings)