Outfielder and Beerleaguer person of interest John Bowker has been released in order sign on with a Japanese team, believed to be the Yomiuri Giants.
Bowker, 28, became an extra man for the Phils last September and went hitless in 13 plate appearances after spending the majority of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis (Pirates). Primarily a corner outfielder, Bowker is a lifetime .232/.283/.382 hitter with 17 home runs and 73 RBI in 240 games between the Giants (2008-10), Pirates (2010-11) and Phillies (2011). Bowker is expected to join Scott Mathieson in Tokyo and will look to become Alex Ramirez's power replacement for the Giants. Nice gig, going from the Major League fringes to top dogs on Japan's version of the Yankees.
The move means the Phils roster sits at 39 bodies, which could mean the Phils expect to add another body. Today on Twitter, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported the Phils were looking into right-handed reliever Jeremy Accardo about a possible minor league deal. Accardo, 30, spent last season with the Orioles and has also pitched for Toronto and San Francisco, saving 30 games for the Jays back in 2007. He's been in sharp decline ever since and would become your classic Phillies' reclamation project.