The Phillies announced on Thursday that the club signed outfielder Odubel Herrera to a five-year contract extension which will take the two sides through the 2021 season. Per Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Herrera is guaranteed $30.5 million. The contract includes club options for the 2022 and ’23 seasons worth $11.5 million and $12.5 million, respectively, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.
Herrera, 24, would have been eligible for his first of three years of arbitration after the 2017 season. Brought up as a second baseman, the Phillies selected Herrera from the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft two years ago and moved him to center field. While he still needs some work on his routes, Herrera’s speed allowed him to make up for it and become a plus-defender. Over the last two seasons, he’s also hit .291/.353/.419 with 23 home runs, 90 RBI, 151 runs scored, and 41 stolen bases in 1,193 plate appearances.
Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative at the 2016 All-Star Game.
The rebuilding Phillies have very little money on the books. Herrera’s is the first of what should be a handful of contract extensions the club agrees to in the next couple of seasons.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.
The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?
Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.
Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West
There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.
Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?
Our 2017 AL West Previews:
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim