Mar 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designator hitter Bobby Abreu (53) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Abreu granted release from Phillies

Certain moves in the off season don’t pan out the way they were envisioned.

With Bobby Abreu, he was intending to be at least a bat off of the bench, if not a semi-regular player in the outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies. Instead, he was informed he would not be making the club, asked for, and was granted his release on Thursday morning.

The Phillies instead will go with an outfield of Dominic Brown, Ben Revere, and Marlon Byrd, with John Mayberry being used as the fourth outfielder.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Abreu is likely to seek a Major League job somewhere else. The 40-year old Abreu appeared in just 100 games between the Angels and Dodger in 2012 in his first non-regular playing role of his career. He hit .242/.350/.342 for the entire season, manning the corner outfield spots at various times. He had played in the Venezuelan Winter League, and his good performance there drove him to the thought he could still play in the Majors.

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