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Phillies designate Odúbel Herrera for assignment


No surprise here: The Phillies announced on Tuesday that outfielder Odúbel Herrera has been designated for assignment. The open roster spot will go to outfielder Nick Martini, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds.

Herrera, 28, was arrested in Atlantic City last May for domestic violence. MLB ultimately suspended him for the remainder of the 2019 season, though the charges were eventually dropped.

The Phillies still owe Herrera the $20.5 million remaining on his five-year, $30.5 million contract.

Martini, 29, spent last season with the Athletics and Padres, mostly with Triple-A Las Vegas. There, he hit .328/.432/.482 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 329 plate appearances. In 109 trips to the dish in the big leagues last year, Martini hit .226/.330/.323. He will likely begin the 2020 campaign with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.