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Phillies decline 2022 club options on Andrew McCutchen, Odúbel Herrera

Andrew McCutchen’s time with the Phillies may be over. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Wednesday evening that they’ve declined 2022 club options for outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Odúbel Herrera.

McCutchen’s option was worth $15 million, and since the Phillies declined it they’ll owe the five-time All-Star a $3 million buyout. For McCutchen, this move may very well end his time with the Phillies. Over parts of three seasons in red pinstripes, McCutchen slashed .237/.343/.444 with 47 home runs, 143 RBIs and a .787 OPS.

Despite declining defensive metrics, McCutchen still figures to get a guaranteed major league deal from someone this offseason, likely a team that envisions him getting at least some at-bats as a DH. The former National League MVP did hit .293 with a 1.027 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season.

McCutchen, who recently turned 35, took to Twitter after the announcement was made that his option had been declined:

Meanwhile, the Phillies declined Herrera’s $11.5 million option for 2022, and they’ll pay him a $2.5 million buyout regardless of what happens with him moving forward.

That said, Herrera is still arbitration eligible. The 29-year-old will almost certainly get non-tendered if his camp targets a number like the $11.6 million projection made by MLB Trade Rumors. The Phillies could still sign Herrera to a new deal if he was non-tendered, or the two sides could avoid arbitration at a lower number.

Herrera was suspended for 85 games following a domestic violence arrest in May of 2019. He didn’t play for the Phillies at all in 2020. Herrera hit .260 with 13 home runs, 51 RBIs and two defensive runs saved in 2021, so for all of his flaws on the field, he did demonstrate that he remains a major league caliber player. But no one knows if another team will be willing to sign him this winter, given his legal history. That may incentivize him to take just about whatever the Phillies are willing to offer, rather than testing the open market.

Of course, if president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski envisions making a major upgrade in center field — such as signing Starling Marte or trading for Byron Buxton — Herrera’s time with the team will likely be over.


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  1. Eileen Clemens

    November 4, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    They should keep Andrew McCutchen and get rid of rhys hoskins I think when McCutchen gets his stuff together he is very good He has been to every team I can think of when he was with Pittsburg I thought he was great and I still think he is great

  2. Prickly Pete Salmonella

    November 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Hope they can get Cutch back. He’s a good guy – maybe DH?

  3. SportsFan0000

    November 5, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Phillies should try to land some of the young players that the Oakland A’s will be trading like 3B Matt Chapman, Matt Olson 1B, Chris Basset SP, Frankie Montas SP, CF Ramon Lauriano etc…
    They can’t get them all, but 2 or 3 guys from Oakland makes the Phillies serious contenders for the World Series.

  4. Steve

    November 5, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Nick Castellanos is coming off his best season ever
    He is headed for 30 years old, and will cost 25M Plus
    to sign, but imagine him in the middle of the lineup!
    It might not be a bad idea and gives the club 5 years
    to FIX the FARM.

  5. sandra croker

    November 5, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    How can anyone say get rid of ryce Hoskins, omg, before he was injured and needed surgery he still tried putting it off until the season was over. Before thatHe is loved by all and only made a couple of errors. he was hitting more home runs than bryce harper. He is fantastic on first base, no one could replace him. He only made a few errors during the season. what more do you want. He is a great team player.

    • Fred

      November 5, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      I agree that Rhys Hoskins is a keeper and that’s a no-brainer.
      When he was first called up, he proved himself to be a once in a generation caliber player.
      It was the misguided Gabe Kapler/Cybermetrics system that knocked him off his game for two years, but that is finally on its way to getting fixed.
      He is an awesome bat for the lineup.

  6. Steve

    November 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Statistical baseball has some advantages, BUT it has been so overused
    and has created a negative implication to baseball purest. Where is
    the truth? As usual somewhere in the middle. Use “stats” but stop
    overusing them it is wrecking so many players, and the game of baseball.
    I sometimes think it’s been forced on baseball for the reason of wrecking
    the game (on purpose)

  7. Steve

    November 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    IF the Phillies sign Castellanos it gives them (2) solid corner outfielders
    both have power bats. Both are decent defenders. Leaving Centerfield to fill
    internally with at least 5 options to run through. The infield would be better
    with Stott at SS. Bohm needs to prove he can play 3rd and find his stroke in 22

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