I agree, but the narrative somehow took a turn towards "invited to major league camp" and "competing for a job" even though neither thing is strictly true.
I imagine if and when he does get a spring training start, he'll also do another media appearance.
He's a bit of a Catch-22 in any case - they are paying him all that money, so if he's a major upgrade who can help the team win in 2021, you'd certainly want that, but there's really no way to establish that (nor do I think it will the case). And if he's just a marginal upgrade, you don't really want him taking away playing time from three younger players, all of whom are at a crossroads this season too.
If Girardi does think he's one of the 5 best OFs, absolutely. But I don't think that's any more likely than him deciding Jankowski - who may be the best defensive bench option - or Moniak are.
The one scenario no one really expects - Herrera hits .400 in spring training and .350 in AAA, gets called up in June, wins the starting job, plays great and has his 2021 option picked up.
Cutch, like Segura, is untradeable. I think they also still value his leadership, much as we know how that often goes. Hopefully he can play reasonably well.
And Quinn is more than just a pinch-runner. He's a 5th OF. Could Herrera be that too? Sure. But if they're both bad hitters Quinn is likely to produce more total bases from infield singles and steals.