BARRING PHILS TRADE, VIERLING AND HERRERA PLATOONING IN CENTER

By Peter Marx

After optioning Mickey Moniak on Tuesday, the Phillies center field will platoon Matt Vierling and Odúbel Herrera.

The Athletic’s Matt Gelb speculates how the team may upgrade that arrangement given the feeble production from the first two players thus far, plus the questions that have plagued Herrera dating back to his 2019 suspension:

Michael A. Taylor, Ramón Laureano, and Victor Robles are realistic trade targets if they want to plug a defense-first option between corner outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos.

The center field platoon’s production will be worth monitoring through the summer, as the Phillies have holes in the infield and bullpen as well but may not possess enough financial or prospect capital to address all three areas.

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