The Phillies revamped their roster with three trades on Tuesday and having given up prospects who were not on the major league roster and getting major league talent in return, the Phillies had to clear a couple roster spots. With the acquisition of another outfielder, Odubel Herrera became expendable as did Jeurys Familia, who had struggled out of the bullpen this season for the Phillies.
Herrera was on a one-year, $10-million contract that he signed with the Phillies prior to last season. The team and players stood behind Herrera after a 2019 domestic violence incident that occurred on Memorial Day in Atlantic City and after his contract expired following last season, he became a free agent and wound up re-signing with Philadelphia.
Center field has been an issue all season for the Phillies. Herrera and Matt Vierling have been splitting the playing time in center lately with Herrera playing against right-handed pitching and Vierling handling left-handers. Last week, Herrera was chastised by interim manager Rob Thomson for not running hard on the bases. Herrera was batting .238 with a .279 OBP and .378 SLG.
Familia was in his first season in Philadelphia after signing a one-year, $6-million deal as a free agent. In 38 relief appearances with the Phillies, Familia posted a 6.09 ERA and a 1.853 WHIP. The series in Pittsburgh last weekend may have punched his ticket out of town when he entered one game in the ninth with an 8-2 lead and the Phillies had to hold on to get an 8-7 win with Familia being charged with five earned runs. Two days later, the Phillies had an 8-1 lead going into the ninth and Familia allowed an earned run before Didi Gregorius made a spectacular play to start a game-ending double-play.
Both Herrera and Familia were designated for assignment meaning that they both came off the 40-man roster and the Phillies have seven days to trade or release both players. If they go unclaimed on waivers, they could also be outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.