One of the biggest questions of the Phillies offseason will be the future of center field. Odubel Herrera is under contract through the 2021 season and they have two more years of options after that, potentially having him until he’s 32-years-old.
At times Herrera looks like a superstar, and the rest of the time it’s clear he skipped a couple levels of baseball. His 41-game on-base streak to start the season kicked off an MVP campaign that burned out. Herrera hit .343 in his first 27 games and continued to hit over .300 through the month of May, but he hasn’t hit over .300 since June 25.
Since June 26 Herrera has hit an abysmal .208 with a .267 on-base percentage.
The emergence of a now-healthy Roman Quinn gave the Phillies lineup a spark, and his speed on the bases is intoxicating. Quinn is hitting .281 with 16 extra-base hits in his first 60 games, including last year.
In just 45 games this year Quinn leads the Phillies with four triples, and projects to have 11 over a 162 game season.
As always, what happens to the rest of the Phillies hangs in the balance of the Bryce Harper/Manny Machado saga. If the Phillies sign Harper they’ll need at least one open spot in the outfield. Does that domino effect knock Carlos Santana off first for Hoskins, or take Herrera out of center for Quinn/Nick Williams to move over from right?
If the Phillies can convince another team that the right coaching will keep Herrera on-pace for a batting title, then they could land a very good pitcher in return. If not, they could be stuck with him going forward.