Herrera announced his retirement on his personal Twitter page Friday. The 31-year-old calls it quits after spending a decade in the big leagues. He'll finish with 61 saves and a 3.21 ERA in 513.2 innings of work for the Royals, Nationals and White Sox. He'll be remembered most for his time as part of the dominant trio of late-inning arms alongside Wade Davis and Greg Holland that carried the Royals to back-to-back pennants and a World Series title in the middle of the last decade. He posted a 1.26 ERA in 28.2 postseason innings during those two years.
Herrera was released by the Cubs on Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Herrera signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs earlier in the month but was let go before making it to the majors. The veteran right-hander owns an unsightly 6.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP across 53.2 innings over the past two seasons.
Herrera signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. After posting a 6.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 53.2 innings with the White Sox over the past two seasons, Herrera was designated for assignment and subsequently released. The right-hander will now report to the Cubs' alternate training site as part of the team's 60-man roster. Although the team's major-league bullpen has struggled to begin the year, Herrera would have to demonstrate increased production during his time in South Bend if he hopes to return to the majors during the shortened 2020 campaign.
The White Sox requested waivers for Herrera on Sunday for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. After Chicago designated Herrera for assignment, no team was willing to scoop him up off waivers, which doesn't come as a surprise given that the two-time All-Star was owed $8.5 million in 2020 and would need to be bought out for another $1 million in 2021. Rather than retaining Herrera as part of their 60-man roster pool, the White Sox will part ways with the 30-year-old entirely following a rough two-year stint with the club. Over his 59 appearances spanning this season and last, Herrera posted a 6.54 ERA (4.94 FIP) in 53.2 innings.
Herrera was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday. The veteran right-hander last appeared in Sunday's contest and surrendered four runs over two innings, which appears to have been the final straw for Chicago. Herrera signed a two-year, $18 million contract in January 2019, but he struggled last season with a 6.14 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 53:23 K:BB over 51.1 innings.
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