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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.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.