Hermida A Non-Tender Candidate

The Marlins are unlikely to tender a contract to outfielder Jeremy Hermida, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.  Hermida followed up on a lackluster '08 with a .259/.348/.392 line in 491 plate appearances this year.  His defense is not well-regarded, though heading into the season John Dewan of the Fielding Bible said Hermida was "dependable, if unspectacular" and has the physical talent to improve.

In 2006, Hermida graced the cover of Baseball America's Prospect Handbook.  A few years later, he's a non-tender candidate.  If the Marlins cut Hermida loose, he'll be the youngest member of this winter's free agent class at 26 years old (which the exception of Aroldis Chapman).  The Fish will presumably attempt to find a trade partner first.



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