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where does that leave Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida? I like Uggla and Cantu despite the fact that they have iron gloves but Hermida needs to step up or get out of town.

 

Uggla isn't even bad defensively. Cantu is fine at 1st. Hermida can easily improve.

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where does that leave Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida? I like Uggla and Cantu despite the fact that they have iron gloves but Hermida needs to step up or get out of town.

 

Uggla isn't even bad defensively. Cantu is fine at 1st. Hermida can easily improve.

 

 

With a McPherson/Helms platoon, amd Hermida steps us, dare I say we are a solid defense?

Ross and Maybin are very very good out there, and Hermida seems to have the potential to be average+.

Cantu is okay at 1st, Uggla's statistics this year were very good, and we'll have very strong defense at 3rd at least when Helms place.

And I expect Hanley to keep improving.

We're not like the 2003 team (infield, anyway), but this is a nice improvement over last year.

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Uggla was a slightly above average fielder this year, which I think will be the same story in 2009.

 

And our defense has already taking strides forward.

 

A Ross/Maybin/Hermida outfield is going to be better than a Willingham(Gonzo)/Ross/Hermida outfield.

 

The Jacobs trade has also helped us out. Gaby Sanchez, who won awards for being the best fielding 1B in the SL, will probably be replacing the worst fielding 1B in baseball. That betters our defense in ridiculous ways.

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We can't be as bad as we were last year, no way. Cantu/Jacobs were the biggest handicaps. But since we will have a new 1B (Cantu who looked good playing there, and Gaby), we should at least be an average team defensively. An average 1B would've helped our infield last year, but alas Jacobs was just as bad as Cantu on the other side of the diamond.

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Rumor is, the Devil rays and the Cubs are eyeing Hermida.

 

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that Jeremy Hermida "could be the next arbitration-eligible Marlin to be traded."

 

He adds that trading several other players means the Marlins "are now flexible enough to be choosy." According to Rosenthal, the Cubs and Rays are among the teams interested in Hermida, who's a 24-year-old career .267/.342/.436 hitter.

Source: FOXSports.com

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Rumor is, the Devil rays and the Cubs are eyeing Hermida.

 

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that Jeremy Hermida "could be the next arbitration-eligible Marlin to be traded."

 

He adds that trading several other players means the Marlins "are now flexible enough to be choosy." According to Rosenthal, the Cubs and Rays are among the teams interested in Hermida, who's a 24-year-old career .267/.342/.436 hitter.

Source: FOXSports.com

 

 

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Market for Hermida? If the Marlins have a change of heart and do consider moving right fielder Jeremy Hermida, there seems to be a growing market for the 24-year-old left-handed hitter.

 

The Rays could be a fit, as they weigh their outfield alternatives. Tampa Bay has Hermida on its radar. The Cubs, according to reports in Chicago, may also have interest. First hand, Chicago saw the potential of Hermida, who had a big series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in July.

 

Milwaukee also could be in the mix, especially if Mike Cameron doesn't return and Corey Hart is switched to center field. The Brewers are looking for a lefty bat.

 

One scout said of Hermida: "He still has one of the best swings I've ever seen when he was in Double-A."

 

The question is whether the Marlins are willing to trade Hermida, their top pick in 2002. Now that Josh Willingham has been traded, and with veteran free agent Luis Gonzalez not expected back, Florida is thin on outfield experience. Cody Ross, Hermida and Alfredo Amezaga, a natural infielder, are the only real MLB seasoned outfielders in the organization. As of now, Cameron Maybin is projected to open in center, with Ross in left and Hermida in right.

 

Should the Marlins be tempted to deal Hermida, they'd then be in the market for a corner outfielder. Because of their budget restraints, it could be tough to find someone affordable. The Marlins' position on Hermida now is, they're leaning towards keeping him, but they'd listen to anything that makes sense.

 

-- Joe Frisaro

 

http://hotstove.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/...or_hermida.html

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