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Phillies Release Bobby Abreu

Bobby Abreu #53 of the Philadelphia Phillies swings at a pitch in the sixth inning of a game againt the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on March 20, 2014 in Kissimmee, Florida.  Philadelphia won the game 6-3.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Bobby Abreu #53 of the Philadelphia Phillies swings at a pitch in the sixth inning of a game againt the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on March 20, 2014 in Kissimmee, Florida. Philadelphia won the game 6-3. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -  A day after the Phillies announced Bobby Abreu would not make the roster, they gave him his unconditional release to pursue other options around Major League Baseball.

The 40-year old Abreu, who has not appeared in a major league game since 2012, batted .244 with 0 home runs and 2 RBI’s in 52 plate appearances this Spring with the Phillies. Abreu was a liability defensively and the Phillies likely did not want to limit their bench versatility by keeping Abreu.