Odúbel Herrera’s contract is holding the Phillies back
Odúbel Herrera is in his final year of arbitration before hitting free agency, but he’s expected to command more than $11M for the upcoming season. That’s a lot of money for a .260 hitter who only played in 124 games, the fewest of his career in any season in which he wasn’t suspended for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy.
Herrera set a new career-low in total bases, not reaching 200 for the first time in any full season he’s played. He also set new lows in at-bats, runs scored, hits, and triples.
Will the Phillies non-tender Odúbel Herrera?
Between the decreased production and his off-field issues, the Phillies should cut their losses, non-tender him, and find someone who’s better on and off the field.