There's a good chance that Heredia will make Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster as a fourth outfielder. Heredia, who can play all three outfield spots, didn't exactly set the world on fire this spring, going 3-for-19 with one extra-base hit (a double). Still, the organization has limited immediate alternatives in the outfield. The 29-year-old fares better against right-handed pitching (.274/.335/.401) than he does against lefties (.212/.303/.293). As a result, he'll most likely serve as an occasional starter against right-handers while serving as a bat off the bench.
Heredia agreed to a contract with the Pirates on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Heredia appeared in 89 games for the Rays in 2019, but he wasn't tendered a contract following the season. The 28-year-old is a strong defender, but his batting average has steadily declined over the past four years, and he hit just .225 in 2019. Heredia will likely serve as major-league depth in the outfield next season.
Heredia was non-tendered by the Rays on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Heredia will become a free agent after Tampa Bay failed to issue him a contract prior to the deadline. He appeared in 89 games a season ago, hitting .225 with five homers and 20 RBI.
Heredia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win at Angel Stadium. Heredia extended Tampa Bay's lead by launching a 395-foot solo homer in the sixth inning. The 28-year-old outfielder, who was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sept. 3, now has five long balls while batting .227/.309/.369 across 82 games in the majors.
Heredia was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Heredia was optioned to make room for the activation of Avisail Garcia. He has spent the majority of the season in the majors but is hitting just .225/.311/.352 across 208 plate appearances.