The Phillies introduced Tuesday that middle fielder Odubel Herrera has been designated for project. His 40-man roster spot will go to Nick Martini, whom the Phillies have claimed off waivers from the Reds.
Not way back, such a transfer would’ve been unthinkable for the Phils, who prolonged Herrera on a five-year, $30.5MM deal spanning the 2017-21 seasons. However, Herrera sat out the the ultimate 85 video games of the 2019 season underneath a home violence suspension, and even when he was on the sphere in 2019, he failed to supply on the plate or with the glove. After batting .281/.325/.452 and drawing robust defensive marks throughout the board as not too long ago as 2017, Herrera turned in an terrible .222/.288/.341 line in 2019 with below-average marks from Ultimate Zone Rating, Defensive Runs Saved and Outs Above Average.
While Herrera has performed poorly in every of the previous two seasons, he may nicely have been given one other likelihood in 2020 have been it not for the fees levied towards him and the next suspension. He’s nonetheless owed a hefty $19.5MM underneath that aforementioned extension, however the Phils are apparently keen to eat the rest of that contract to chop ties with Herrera.
More to come back.