Herrera looked good on both sides of the ball in Thursday's 15-0 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer at the plate and recording an outfield assist in the field. League rules prevented the Phillies from further punishing Herrera following his domestic violence suspension in 2019, but nothing in the rules forces them to give him playing time. As such, he wasn't given a spot in the team's player pool last season, but he's been getting opportunities in spring games and has looked good so far. He'll have to really stand out for the Phillies to take on the baggage that would come with giving him playing time, but he could certainly force the team's hand with a strong camp, especially as the other center-field options in Philadelphia aren't the most inspiring group.
Herrera will get the chance to compete for the Phillies' center field job this spring, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies have kept Herrera in the organization since his May 2019 arrest for domestic violence, but they've shown no intention of adding him back to their roster. He missed the remainder of 2019 while serving a suspension and was not given a spot in the team's player pool last year. From a purely on-field perspective, Herrera's career 102 wRC+ (the product of a .276/.333/.423 slash line) is significantly better than what the alternatives such as Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley, Roman Quinn and Mickey Moniak have managed. It's still not a particularly impressive resume, however, and he hasn't recorded a wRC+ above 100 since 2016, so the Phillies may see little need to take on the baggage that would come with giving him a roster spot.
Herrera will be with the Phillies for spring training but will be part of a mini-camp of minor leaguers rather than a non-roster invitee. Herrera has been out of favor since his arrest for domestic violence back in May of 2019. He missed the remainder of that season while serving a suspension and then was excluded from Philadelphia's player pool in 2020. While he remains part of the Phillies organization and has shown more in the past than the team's other options in center field (Roman Quinn, Adam Haseley, Scott Kingery and Mickey Moniak), he doesn't appear particularly close to returning to the big leagues.
Herrera joined Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League on Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Herrera hasn't played in a big-league game since May of 2019. He missed the remainder of that season due to a domestic violence suspension and then was not included in the Phillies' player pool this year. The rest of the league had the opportunity to pick him up in January, when he was designated for assignment, but declined to do so. It's possible a strong performance in the Dominican Republic this offseason increases his stock, though teams may remain reluctant to give him opportunities.
Herrera's role for the upcoming season remains unclear, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. Herrera was designated for assignment in mid-January after missing most of 2019 due to a suspension for a violation of the league's domestic violence policy. He's still a member of the organization and is owed $19.5 million going forward, though it's unclear whether or not the Phillies have any desire to see him wear red pinstripes again at any point in his career. His status is made even less clear by the fact that details surrounding the minor leagues and a potential taxi squad for the shortened season remain murky.