The Reds have been hunting for an outfielder. You probably heard the rumors of Fred Lewis and Scott Podsednik. But the choice they’ve made is to sign Jeremy Hermida.
It’s a minor league deal, so there is no guarantee that he takes time away from anyone at the Major League Level but we would expect the Reds to give this reclamation project some time to blossom.
Hermida is a former 1st round pick who has never really fulfilled on his promise. He’s never hit 20 home runs in a season and he is a career .259 hitter. He’s probably a younger option of about what Laynce Nix would offer–which is why we don’t really understand the move. A guy like Podsednik or Fred Lewis at least gives you some speed on the base paths and a lead off threat.
On a side note, Hermida has always reminded us (aesthetically at least) of a little bit slimmer and less powerful version of Adam Dunn. They could practically be brothers.