Is Herrera Still A Phillies?
Yes. Odúbel Herrera signs a one-year deal with the Phillies.
On Wednesday, Herrera signed a one-year contract with the team. Right-hander Yoan López was designated for assignment to free up space on the 40-man roster.
On Monday, Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski hinted that the team will go forward in center field with Herrera and Matt Vierling.
Dombrowski opined, “We need a center field and a left field.” We’ve also considered the possibility of putting together a platoon for one of those.”
We enjoy having Matt Vierling as a member of our team.
In 492 plate appearances, Herrera slugged .260 with 13 home runs, 51 RBIs, and a .726 OPS.
In May of this year, Major League Baseball suspended him for 85 games for breaching the league’s domestic abuse policy.
This was his first major league action since then. Herrera was later dropped off the team’s 40-man roster.
The epidemic prevented him from playing in 2020, but last season he was able to secure a spot on the major league roster.
Because the Phillies utilized Herrera as their leadoff hitter 63 more times than any other player last year, his .310 on-base percentage was worrisome.
Last year, the team’s best two hitters combined for an on-base percentage of .305, good for 29th place in baseball.
It was the lowest on-base percentage in those two slots for the Phillies since 1972, when they had a.297 mark in those years.
A source tells MLB.com that the Phillies may have found a solution by signing outfielder Kyle Schwarber. In 27 games last year, Schwarber batted leadoff and hit .385 with a 1.216 OPS. There, he also hit 17 home runs.