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Phillies wipe references to Odúbel Herrera from Citizens Bank Park

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Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera remains on administrative leave and will be until at least June 17 following an arrest in Atlantic City. The 2016 All-Star was charged with simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury to his girlfriend in a casino on Memorial Day.

Per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies asked Major League Baseball to remove Herrera’s name from the All-Star ballot. The club also removed five of Herrera’s banners from Citizens Bank Park: four on light poles around the stadium and one in the concourse area.

Bonnie Clark, Phillies VP of communications, said, “We don’t believe it’s appropriate to display them while the investigation is going on.”

Though a very low bar, this is the most proactive a team has been in dealing with a player involved in a domestic violence situation. Other teams have either been mum on the issue or offered mealy-mouthed defenses of the player in question.

Herrera, 27, is owed the remainder of his $5 million salary for this season and has two years and $20.5 million with club options for the 2022 and ’23 seasons. The Phillies would be on the hook for the remainder of his contract minus the prorated major league minimum salaries if Herrera were to be released.

The Phillies acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mariners on Sunday. While the club is perilously thin on outfield depth, it seemed to in part be insurance for losing Herrera for a significant period of time. Whether convicted or not, MLB can fine and suspend Herrera at the conclusion of its investigation.

Red Sox want to trade Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.

The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.

While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.

Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.