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.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.