The Red Sox today agreed to terms with outfielder Jeremy Hermida on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2010 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Arbitration hearings would have started Feb. 1.
The sides agreed to a $3.345 million deal for 2010, a team source told the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. Hermida made $2.25 million last season. According to Globe baseball writer Peter Abraham, Hermida was seeking $3.85 million and the Red Sox had offered $2.95 million. In most of these cases the sides split the difference, which is what the Sox did here.
Hermida, who turns 26 on Jan. 30, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Florida Marlins on November 5, 2009. The left-handed hitter batted .259 (111-for-429) with 13 home runs and 47 RBI over 129 games with the Marlins in 2009 and set a career high with 56 walks.
With today’s move, Boston has no unsigned players eligible for salary arbitration in 2010.