Bobby Abreu, who is hitting .208/.259/.333 over his first 24 at-bats this season, has been released by the Angels.
The club is on the hook for $9 million of his salary. Abreu, 38, ranks highly in Phillies' history in most offensive categories, including the highest on-base percentage (.416) since 1911. He's also fourth in doubles, seventh in stolen bases and ninth in homers, runs and RBIs. Use primarily as a designated hitter in 2011, he was a .253/.353/.365 hitter with eight homers and 21 stolen bases for the Halos, who recalled top prospect Mike Trout in a corresponding move. All seven of Abreu's starts this season have been in the outfield; all told he's played in the outfield only 35 times in the last two seasons. Any team that signs Abreu would pay the minimum.