2B,CF - PHI
Odubel Herrera had his contract selected by the Phillies on Monday, which promotes him to the major league roster. He is batting seventh in Monday's lineup and playing center field.
Herrera last appeared in the majors in 2019, and he was quite a force early in his career. He served an 85-game suspension for violating the MLB's joint domestic assault and child abuse policies. He did not make the Opening Day roster, but has been recalled to the major league club. He may stick as the Phillies' everyday center fielder if he performs.
Odubel Herrera did not make the Opening Day roster, the Phillies announced on Monday.
Herrera struggled throughout spring training, slashing just .240/.255/.500. Adam Haseley seems to have earned the everyday job in CF to start the year. The Phillies aren't particularly deep in the outfield, so it's possible Herrera could still see time in the majors this season if a starter goes down with an injury. For now, Herrera offers very little fantasy upside.
Odubel Herrera is not part of the Phillies' initial player pool for the 2020 season.
Herrera was designated for assignment back in January and passed through waiver without a claim. The 28-year-old was suspended 85 games last season for domestic violence. It's unclear if he'll get another chance in the majors.
Odubel Herrera cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, two days after being designated for assignment. The former National League All-Star served an 85-game suspension last year for violating MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy. It has become increasingly difficult to imagine Herrera playing for the Phillies again.
Herrera's last two seasons have been less than stellar which is all the more reason for Philadelphia to want to move on. Herrera hit .249 with a .711 OPS and 88 OPS+ from 2018-19. He had a .629 OPS in 39 games before his suspension last season.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports Odubel Herrera has accepted a suspension from MLB for the remainder of 2019 (playoffs included).
Herrera will also miss part of the 2020 season, though we aren't sure how many games yet. Herrera was arrested for domestic violence back in late-May. The charges against him were eventually dropped but MLB still decided to hit him with the giant suspension.