The Phillies really don’t need Odúbel Herrera.
Or rather, they shouldn’t be keeping him around when they could be focused on helping Mickey Moniak find his form again.
Over his first 45 games, Herrera hit .243/.283/.434 with a .717 OPS, five home runs and nine doubles. While his low strikeout numbers are commendable, his minuscule eight walks in 145 plate appearances are unacceptable.
Herrera is striking out at a significantly higher rate than last season, walking less, and not hitting the ball as hard.
The key to sustained success for the Phillies is to focus on developing their young players like Moniak and Matt Vierling, who are supposed to be part of the team’s future. Herrera’s presence impedes that.
If the Phillies can trade him and get anything in return, they should.