The Phillies have signed outfielder Odubel Herrera to a 5-year, $30.5 million contract extension through 2021, according to a team announcement. The deal includes club options for 2022 and 2023 that could push its total value to $52 million over seven seasons.
Herrera was due to become a free agent after the 2020 season, so today’s deal extends the Phillies’ control over him for three seasons while providing cost certainty for the club. The options, valued at $11.5 million and $12.5 million respectively, are reasonably priced for a player with the potential of Herrera.
Herrera, 24, made the NL All-Star team last season en route to a final .286/.361/.420 line with 15 homers and 25 steals in 159 games. A Rule 5 pick two years ago, Herrera has quickly established himself as the Phillies’ center-fielder of the future and will now be under the club’s control for at least eight more seasons.
Herrera’s deal is the first long-term commitment made by Phillies general manager Matt Klentak as the club begins to turn the corner toward contention in its rebuilding process. The Phillies have no one else under contract beyond next season, setting them up to be major players in free agency over the next couple winters.