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Phillies likely to move on from Odúbel Herrera


Phillies GM Matt Klentak didn’t specifically say Odúbel Herrera’s days were numbered, but the way he discussed his team’s outfield situation all but cast Herrera out of the franchise’s plans, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Klentak said, “I expect that Adam Haseley‘s going to be our regular center fielder. But having said that, I recognize that when Roman Quinn is healthy and playing to his potential, it’s hard to take him out of the lineup. I think that combination of players likely takes down the majority of our center field reps this year.” Klentak added that Bruce will “cover us on the corners,” backing up Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper. As Salisbury notes, that is five outfielders, none of which are Herrera.

Herrera, 27, was arrested in May on a domestic violence charge. He was placed on administrative leave and the Phillies scrubbed Citizens Bank Park of any reference to him. They even asked Major League Baseball to take his name off of the All-Star ballot. While the charges were eventually dropped a little more than a month later, the league suspended Herrera for 85 games without pay.

Herrera signed a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Phillies in December 2016. He has two years and $20.5 million remaining on the deal. The Phillies seem content to write off the remainder of the contract as a loss to rid themselves of Herrera.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.