The Milwaukee Brewers signed Neal Cotts to a Major League deal yesterday, and with a full 40 man roster, a move needed to be made in order to clear room for Cotts. Today, the Brewers announced they have designated IF/OF Elian Herrera for assignment.
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Hererra, a switch hitting 29 year old, was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers last season. Known for his versatility on defense, Herrera played in 69 games for the Brewers in 2014, making appearances at all three outfield positions, second base, third base, and shorstop. In 140 plate appearances, Herrera posted a .274/.288/.341 slash, which was only good enough for a wRC+ of 69 and OPS+ of 75, well below league averages. The Brewers have similar utilitymen type players in Hector Gomez and Luis Sardinas who are both younger than Herrera, making Elian expendable on the Brewers roster.
Following his designation, the Brewers now have 10 days to trade, release, or attempt to outright Herrera to the minor leagues. Hunter Morris went through a similar process recently, and he ended up clearing waivers and will begin this season at AAA. If the Brewers can sneak Herrera through waivers, he would be a valuable player to have stashed in the minor leagues, given his versatility.