CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have officially severed ties with Bobby Abreu. One day after the team announced that Abreu wouldn't make the opening day 25-man roster, they have released the 40-year-old outfielder.

"Bobby is going to pursue opportunities with another club so we will go ahead and give him his release," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I hope it works out for him and he continues to play."

This spring Abreu hit .244 but had a .404 on base percentage. His struggles on defense appeared to seal his fate.

"What it came down to is putting a bench together with some versatility and guys able to do multiple things," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "As it turned out, he just didn't fit in with the rest of the pieces as a piece for our bench."