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Phillies sign Odubel Herrera to a five-year contract extension


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.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.