Should Mets Pick Up Jeremy Hermida?

The Red Sox have released Jeremy Hermida, who had been playing for AAA Pawtucket.

You may remember Hermida as a young, talented outfielder for the Florida Marlins who never quite fulfilled expectations for one reason or another. He is now a 26-year-old outfielder who has been deemed an eternal enigma by Boston and cut loose.

Should the Mets take a flyer on him?

He was an elite prospect at one time, breaking into the bigs as a 21-year-old. He enjoyed a breakout season at age 23 in 2007, hitting .296 with a .383 OBP and .870 OPS, swatting 18 HR in 429 ABs. But he took steps backward the next two years, and was traded to the Red Sox last November for two suspects.

Clearly, Hermida is at a crossroads in his career; at this point he will either become another Mike Jacobs or the next Raul Ibanez.

With Jeff Francoeur on his way to Texas and Angel Pagan out with a sore wrist, would it hurt to pick up Hermida and give him a look in one of the corners for the last few weeks of the season? I know Mets fans would rather see Lucas Duda get ABs, but there is room for both to get looks — particularly if the Mets shut down Carlos Beltran, which should be considered if he continues to resemble Willie Mays circa 1973 in centerfield.

Hermida is a big kid with big talent, who still is young enough to turn it around, and will cost nothing. What do the Mets have to lose?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Mike September 1, 2010 at 9:18 am
    Might as well. Good idea to shut Beltran down too. I guess unless the Mets can give him away we should expect him to play on this team next year. It might be good because he is in his contract year. We’ll see.

    I think at this point we know Chris Carter is a lefty bat off the bench and a capable hitter. Lets see if Duda can translate his predicted .800+ OPS to the bigs, and if Hermida can turn a corner given regular playing time. Who knows, maybe a few of these guys will help the Mets beat the Phillies a bit and keep them out of the playoffs. Would be sweet for once. Especially since that team is “stacked” and they have made tons a moves to win this year.

  2. micalpalyn September 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Watching the Mets on Tues….(the pain) one broadcaster said ABSOLUTELY the mets must have CB next yr in center. I cant say he’s wrong.

    CB if healthy IS the best CF in the game. Per one Joe Janish, (per post last yr) Angel Pagan is not a primary CF…well he mght be now…but he sure should have big trade value this offseason. but Bottomline will Pagan hit 20HR/40doubles/100rbi?

    Add to that of 5-OFers next yr I think at least 2 will be rookies.

    Oh and per Keith Hernandez: Do you trade Dave Wright?
    Consider, you have Murphy, Nick Evans and Wilmer Flores to back up the position