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Cincinnati Reds: Is It Time for Chris Heisey to Take Jonny Gomes’ Job?

Let me preface this article by saying that Jonny Gomes is one of my favorite players on the Reds.

I am wondering if being ‘unofficially’ awarded the left-field job prior to the start of camp hasn’t sapped the slugger of his hunger.

He is presently batting a woeful, team-worst .158 with 2 HR and only 5 RBI. With the outfield talent at camp this season, it would strike fear into me if I were Gomes.

Dave Sappelt, in his second spring with the club, is leading the team with 18 hits and a BA of .545 and an OBP of .556.

Chris Heisey, who is beginning his second season with the Reds, is batting .317, leads the squad with 4 HR and is second in RBI with 10.

Jeremy Hermida, who spent last year with the Red Sox and A’s, is batting .385 with 3 HR.

Fred Lewis, an off-season pick-up from the Blue Jays, is having the same trouble that Gomes is in terms of offensive production.

Gomes’ intangibles are extraordinary. He has more hustle than anyone on the team, and his leadership in the clubhouse helps make the team what it is.

He is a scrapper, a fighter and is unaccustomed to things being handed to him. It is what makes him hungry and what makes him who he is, a tenacious bulldog who will fight anyone for the next chew toy thrown anywhere near him.

I did not say that Dusty Baker had promised him the job. I said that it has “unofficially been awarded to him pre-camp. I am afraid that has ruined his spring performance.

With that being said, and I realize this is just spring training, Gomes is more than likely hearing the hoof beats of the young herd coming up behind him.

The Reds will host the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park when the season begins a week from Thursday.

I can’t help but think if he doesn’t start hitting soon, he may be benched before the season progresses very far.

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Jeremy Hermida: Oakland Athletics Sign Outfielder to Minor League Deal

The former No. 4 prospect in baseball Jeremy Hermida signed a Minor League deal with the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

Hermida, 26, has been inconsistent in his major league career so far, as his best season was back in 2007 with the Florida Marlins, where he hit 18 home runs and drove in 63 runs while hitting .296 for the year.

After that season, he hit .259 in 2008 and .249 in 2007: clearly becoming worse as each new season started.

Earlier this year, Hermida signed with the Boston Red Sox, expecting him to be the 4th outfielder for the team.

He disappointed the Red Sox by hitting only .203 in 52 games and was released on Tuesday.

Even though it looks as if his career is going to be over soon, you never know. The late 20’s is the time when hitters tend to have their breakout seasons. However, with Hermida‘s inconsistency, you don’t know what you’ll get from him.

There was no risk for the A’s when they signed him, and they look forward that he will turn things around, hopefully leading to future success for the .500 team.

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Boston Red Sox Roster Moves: Team Releases Outfielder Jeremy Hermida

The Boston Red Sox have released journeyman outfielder Jeremy Hermida, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com. As much as Hermida expressed surprise when he was designated for assignment at the end of July, surely his outright release yesterday could be considered a shock.

Hermida’s release was confirmed late last night via an online announcement on RedSox.com.

Before being designated for assignment at the non-waiver trade deadline, Hermida had managed to hit a meager .203 in 171 plate appearances with the 2010 Red Sox. After being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, the 26-year-old Georgian improved to a .288 average and 723 OPS, but those are hardly the kind of numbers that will earn a spot back up at The Show.

Certainly, when the Red Sox acquired Hermida from the Florida Marlins during the offseason, they were optimistic he might finally fulfill the potential associated with his first-round draft status.

Hermida’s tale remains one of unmet expectations. Originally brought in to replace Rocco Baldelli as Boston’s reserve outfielder, Hermida entered 2010 with little pressure to prove himself. However, injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron gave Hermida the opportunity to be all that he could be in Beantown. Hermida wasn’t up to the challenge.

A career .259 hitter with a mediocre glove, Hermida has spent much of the 2010 campaign overshadowed by the likes of Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, and Ryan Kalish. Hermida should have topped that pack, but the Fenway hotbox seems to have been too much for him.

McDonald (.272 AVG / 777 OPS), Nava (.256 AVG / 730 OPS), and Kalish (.228 AVG / 604 OPS) have all surpassed Hermida. With his above-average defense, McDonald should be the favorite to hang onto the reserve outfield spot in 2011.

Thanks for stopping by during this injury-plagued 2010 campaign, Mr. Hermida. The Fenway Faithful hardly knew you.

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May, a Make or Break Month for Red Sox

The Red Sox are team still struggling to find their identity as they near the midpoint of May. 

Having dropped two in a row to the Yankees, the Sox are now back below .500, at 15-16. They find themselves in fourth place in the AL East, and 7.5 games behind the division-leading Rays.

The Red hadn’t strung together a winning streak of longer than three games this season, until they swept four in a row from the Angels this week. The offense suddenly awoke, outscoring the Angels 36-16. 

But now they’ve lost two in a row to the Yankees, losing the series before today’s game is even played. The Red Sox have proven themselves to be a team of streaks, and the winning variety haven’t been long, or frequent, enough. 

At this point, the Sox only solace is that the Yankees started 15-17 last season, then ended up with 103 wins and a World Series championship.

But things won’t get any easier for the Sox during the rest of May. After this three-game series with the Yankees, the Blue Jays — who are ahead of the Sox in the standings — come to town. After that the Sox go to Detroit, and then to Yankee Stadium. After that, they’re home against the Twins for two games before heading out to Philadelphia and Tampa. All of those teams are over .500, and three are division leaders. 

The Sox won’t catch a break until May 27, when they return home to host the Royals.

At that point, we should all know if the Red Sox have any chance of competing in the AL East this season. Though they’ve been without two-thirds of their starting outfield for nearly a month, many would argue that it’s already too late for a meaningful recovery anyway.

The Red Sox are essentially relying on the Rays and/or Yankees to collapse – perhaps due to key injuries – to get back into the playoff hunt. But a team wants to chart its own course, be responsible for its own fate,  and not rely on another team’s demise to provide hope or opportunity. Yet, that’s the reality the Sox are facing at this point. They are 1-8 against the Rays and Yanks this year, all at Fenway.

When they leave town Wednesday night, the Sox will have played 23 of their first 35 games at Fenway, where they have traditionally shined. However, they are 9-10 at home this season. 

The Red Sox offense has been better than predicted; the Sox are third in the league in batting average, homers, and runs.

However, the pitching and defense – the very things this team was purported to have been built on – have been disappointing, to say the least.

The Sox’ staff ERA is 5.11, putting them near the bottom of the American League. And it’s not the bullpen’s fault; the starter’s ERA is 5.21. This was supposed to be the best starting three, maybe four, in baseball. Not so much.

Adrian Beltre, who was alleged to be the best defensive third baseman in the AL, now has seven errors, and it’s only the second week of May. Believe it or not, Beltre has more errors than any other player in baseball. Indeed, Beltre’s .327 average has been a welcome surprise, but the Red Sox brought him to Boston for his defense.

Defense begins up the middle, and unfortunately Victor Martinez can’t play defense. He is simply a liability behind the plate. Bill Hall doesn’t belong in the outfield, and Jeremy Hermida is not a defensive standout either. 

May will be a definitive month for the Red Sox. By the end of the month, we will all know whether this is a playoff caliber team, or not. Management may already know, regardless of their optimistic pronouncements. 

Theo Epstein and Co. may have to make uncomfortable decisions about players such as David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, and even Martinez by the end of this month, or next. Lowell and Ortiz can’t run or effectively play defense, and at $12 million apiece, neither has any trade value. 

Martinez will be a free agent at season’s end and doesn’t appear to be the team’s catcher of the future. So, unless the club sees him as a DH or first baseman going forward, they may choose to trade him by the deadline. 

The Sox are not in a position to do a salary dump. No club will pick up any meaningful amount of Ortiz’s or Lowell’s remaining salaries, and JD Drew is also untradable. Even if the Sox believe the season is lost and want to groom Josh Reddick for a spot in the outfield, facing big league pitching, they can’t make room for him by moving the $14 million-a-year Drew, who is signed through next season.

The Red Sox may not be able to fix this team by the deadline, and considering that their payroll is already in excess of $170 million, owner John Henry may be unwilling to invest further in a team of overpriced underachievers.  

Considering the talent of their chief rivals in the AL East, May is a make or break month for the Red Sox. In just a few short weeks we should know if this team will buyers, or sellers, in July.

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