By Sam Bush
It looks like Odubel Herrera’s days in Philly are over.
He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley yesterday, two days after being designated for assignment.
The 28-year-old outfielder was was arrested in May in Atlantic City, N.J., on a charge of simple assault of his girlfriend, and although the charge was dismissed, Herrera served an 85-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy.
The Phillies promoted center fielder Adam Haseley, acquired veteran corner outfielder Jay Bruce and outfielder Nick Martini, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds.
Martini’s arrival — he will compete for a bench job this spring — allowed the Phillies to remove Herrera from the 40-man roster, despite there being two years remaining on the five-year, $30.5 million contract extension he signed in December 2016.
The $6.1 million average annual value of Herrera’s contract will continue to count against the team’s Competitive Balance Tax total the next two seasons.
“It hasn’t played out exactly as we would have hoped,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said.