By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: March 27th, 2014 at 11:20 am EST
The Philadelphia Phillies have released outfielder Bobby Abreu.
Abreu was hoping to make the team out of spring training after signing a minor league deal with the team. And just yesterday, he was informed that he would not make the Phillies Opening Day roster, which will be set on Sunday.
The 40-year-old last played in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He played in 92 games with the Dodgers during that season, where he had a .246 batting average with three home runs and 19 RBI’s.
He signed with the Phillies after having a strong showcase with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League. His manager Dave Hudgens is the New York Mets hitting coach.
After the strong performances with Leones del Caracas, the Mets and the Cleveland Indians also expressed interest in him. He also had interest from Japanese baseball teams, before signing with the Phillies.
He played for the Phillies from 1998 through 2006 after beginning his career with the Houston Astros in 1996 and 1997. He was traded to the New York Yankees for the late Cory Lidle and others in the summer of 2006.
He would play two-and-a-half years with the Yankees, before leaving after the 2008 season. He joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that off-season, and was with them, before an early trade in 2012 to the Dodgers.
He has a career .292 batting average in 8,347 at-bats in 2,347 games. He has 399 steals, 287 home runs and 1,349 RBI’s, and 2,437 hits.