Rumor-mill: Jeremy Hermida

According to Mike Berardino, the Reds might be a good match in a trade for Jeremy Hermida.  Would he be a good match for the Reds?

His last 3 seasons:

Year PA HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA RAR FRAR TtlVal
2006 348 5 28 4 .251 .332 .368 .310 4.4 5.0 6.7
2007 484
18
63
3 .296 .369 .501 .372 30.7 5.4 32.0
2008 559
17
61 6 .249 .323 .406 .321 11.3 0.0 6.8

Those numbers don't look that great, but then again, he's only 25 next year and he put those numbers up in Florida.  That's why his projections look a lot better than you might expect:

System AVG OBP SLG wOBA
Bill James
.275 .363 .459 .362
Marcel .271 .348 .440 .343

I think this is definitely somebody worth pursuing.  He's a pretty good defender, though either he or Bruce would need to move out of RF.  He's still young.  And if he could possibly be acquired for Owings or Bailey like Berardino suggests, I'd be all for it.  This isn't acquiring a 35-year old poor defender who might decline.  This is a young player with some strong upside.  This is the kind of player the Reds should be acquiring.

UPDATE: I forgot that he hits left-handed, but that doesn't change my thinking.  I don't believe the Reds have to focus solely on RHB.  I think the need good hitters, regardless of what side of the plate they stand on.  I think Hermida will be a good hitter next year and in the future.

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