Outfielder Michael Hermosillo Elects Free Agency

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Outfielder Michael Hermosillo Elects Free Agency

Chicago Cubs

Late in the 2022 season, the Chicago Cubs designated outfielder Michael Hermosillo for assignment – removing him from the 40-man roster – and sent him outright to Iowa. The timing was an open question, but the move was expected. Because Hermosillo was injured for most of the season, and because his big league production still didn’t live up to what he’s shown at Triple-A, Hermosillo was coming off the 40-man roster one way or another. The Cubs have a crunch coming next month.

All that said, the Cubs could still retain Hermosillo in the organization as a depth outfielder, if he were to sign a new minor league free agent deal. In fact, there was a chance the sides could re-up on a new deal before Hermosillo even hit minor league free agency again.

But, per the Iowa Cubs transaction tracker, Hermosillo this weekend elected free agency.

So, like Jackson Frazier and Sean Newcomb, Hermosillo becomes a true free agent who can seek out his next minor league deal wherever he sees the best possible opportunity to get back to the big leagues. Given the emerging outfield talent and the Cubs’ likely search for at least a short-term, glove-first center fielder, it’s a little hard to see a return to Iowa being Hermosillo’s best path.

The 27-year-old outfielder has pretty much always raked at Triple-A, but has never hit in in the big leagues in his limited opportunities (.115/.250/.148/27 wRC+ this year in 73 PAs, .167/.268/.283/55 wRC+ over 229 career big league PAs). Maybe he just needs more time (and health) or a different opportunity, or maybe his ability maxes out at the fringes of Triple-A/MLB. It happens.

We’ll see where his next opportunity comes. It’s possible, given how good he’s been at Triple-A and given his age, that he’ll be one of those guys who heads overseas for a big payday and to try to blow up in Japan or Korea.

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Author: Brett Taylor

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