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Rumor Ties Phils To OF Hermida

The Phillies have asked about Marlins outfielder Jeremy Hermida, according to Joe Frisaro at the MLB Hot Stove Blog. Hermida, 25 in 2009, hit .249 with 17 HR and 61 RBI for Florida last season.

Hermida can hit the ball, as evidenced moreso by his 2007 season, when he hit .296. He also strikes out a ton (138 K in 2008), and he’s left-handed (hitting .240 against lefties last year), so he’s not an automatic fit for the Phils.

Hermida is going into arbitration for the first time this offseason, which makes him a pretty cheap alternative to Pat Burrell. But the Marlins would want a bounty for him, so consider Hermida a window shopper’s inquiry.

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