The Baltimore Orioles have made another roster move this week, as the organization has signed 25-year-old infielder Dilson Herrera to a minor league deal.
Herrera, born in Cartagena, Columbia, is a former Top 50 prospect, who signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent in 2010. After spending three years in the Pirates’ farm system, Herrera was traded to the New York Mets.
After a late-season injury to former Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, Herrera was called up to the majors at the age of 20, after starting the year in Single-A. He became the first Mets player ever to start the season in Single-A and get to the majors by the end of the season.
In late 2016, Herrera was traded once again, and this time to the Cincinnati Reds. But after electing free agency in 2018, Herrera signed back with the Mets. Herrera then opted out of his contract on September 1, 2019, which made him a free agent.
Herrera spent the most time in the majors in 2018, when he played in 53 games for the Reds. That year, Herrera hit just .184/.268/.414 in 97 plate appearances.
This is the perfect example of a low risk, high reward signing by GM Mike Elias. Herrera brings much needed middle infield depth, and only being 25 years old, Herrera carries hidden potential. Herrera has a chance of making the 26-man roster out of Spring Training as a super utility player, since he plays both infield and outfield positions.
Welcome to Birdland, Dilson!
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