Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera was arrested Monday night. Today we learn some of the ugly details of the incident which led to his arrest.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing a police report, reported last night that Herrera left “hand print markings” on his girlfriend’s neck. He also left “small scratches” on the woman’s arms. The police report has not yet been made public.
Herrera, who was arrested at the Golden Nugget casino following the alleged assault, faces a June 17 court appearance on charges of simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury. He is currently on on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates the matter. That leave will likely last beyond Herrera’s presumed multiple court dates and will almost certainly end with a lengthy suspension, whether or not he is found guilty to criminal charges.
Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.
Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.
The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.
The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.