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Padres claim Jeremy Hermida 

The Padres have claimed outfielder Jeremy Hermida on outright waivers from Cincinnati and designated catcher Kyle Phillips for assignment, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

Hermida had three fairly productive years in Florida as he broke into the National League, his best season being in 2007 when he batted (.296 .369 .501) with 32 doubles, one triple and 18 HRs with 63 RBIs. He followed his first relatively full year in 2008 with a rather disappointing season, batting (.249 .323 .406) with 22 doubles, three triples and 17 HRs with 61 RBIs. However, Hermida rebounded in some aspects in 2009, raising his average while batting (.259 .348 .392) with 14 doubles, 2 triples and 13 HRs with 47 RBIs in 429 ABs. He has not received a full-time opportunity since.

Jeremy Hermida, 27 years old, is five years removed from being listed as the 4th best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America. In Cincinnati’s AAA affiliate this year, Hermida batted (.319 .400 .524) with 23 doubles, one triple and 17 HRs with 55 RBIs in 395 ABs.

I like this move. Hermida could provide insurance for the Padres younger players going into next year; however, it should be noted that he will be arbitration eligible after this year. He’s still only 27 with

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