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Odúbel Herrera expected to sign with Phillies for $1.75 million, per report

Numerous outlets are reporting that the Phillies will re-sign center fielder Odúbel Herrera to a one-year major league contract. Matt Gelb of The Athletic has the contract value: $1.75 million guaranteed with $750,000 in incentives. The number leaves the Phillies with approximately $32 million in luxury tax space before hitting the $230 million tax threshold.

Odúbel Herrera is reportedly returning to the Phillies. (Cheryl Pursell)

The deal has not been officially announced by the team.

As Gelb previously reported, the Phillies are not planning on Herrera being a full-time starter. He’s likely to split time in center field with Matt Vierling as a platoon. Whether the team eventually sticks to that plan is another story to keep an eye on.

Herrera, 30, spent the majority of 2021 as the Phillies’ starting center fielder. He slashed .260/.310/.416 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs. Statcast has Herrera at +5 outs above average in center field last season.

About half of his plate appearances came in the leadoff spot in which he posted a .287 on-base percentage. Ideally, the Phillies would like to find an upgrade in that spot.

In 2019, Herrera was arrested after assaulting his girlfriend at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. His girlfriend, Melany Martinez-Angulo, declined to proceed with the charges and Herrera served a suspension for the remainder of the 2019 season. Herrera spent the last two years in minor league spring training and was called back up to the team in the beginning of the 2021 season. Herrera has spoken in the past about attending counseling sessions with Martinez-Angulo and donated money to the Pa. Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


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  1. Steve

    March 14, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    This ownership won’t spend 25 million at every position
    That is a WELL KNOWN FACT! But with 43 million available
    they can sign at least two BIG Free agents that would
    fill two BIG HOLES as in 3rd base and left field.
    SO DO IT before it’s to late!

  2. Matt

    March 14, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    What a pathetic & underwhelming offseason this has been. When did John Middleton turn into such a cheapskate?

  3. ritchie

    March 14, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    owner said a couple years ago that he was willing to spend “Stupid money”, sure proved it today

    • Lee

      March 15, 2022 at 1:41 am

      He meant that we Fans are Stupid for spending our money on a Second Rate Team,,

  4. seahawk7

    March 15, 2022 at 7:16 am

    I feel your pain. I am not a fan of Odubel. That being said, I was pissed at first, but obviously there were no other clear options. Unless someone like Mickey Moniak all of a sudden figures it out. And it is only costing $1.75M. That leaves 32 million under the cap. Enough to sign Kris Bryant (which I am hoping) and maybe another good reliever or starter. Dombo is a smart and cunning exec. He didn’t last this long if he wasn’t. There is something big coming!

  5. Steve

    March 16, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Phillies paid Herrera 2.50 million to leave
    Now they are paying him 1.75 million to comeback
    At least the price equals his expected performance.
    As always he will both surprise us and make us CRINGE

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