The Phillies have outrighted outfielder Domonic Brown off the 40-man roster, according to an announcement from the team. Brown cleared outright waivers and is now likely to elect free agency, according to a source.
Today's news likely ends Brown's up-and-down tenure in Philadelphia, where he broke into the majors in 2010 as a top prospect, made the NL All-Star team in 2013, and has been one of the more disappointing players in baseball over the past two seasons. Brown hit only .228 with five home runs in 63 major-league games for the Phillies in 2015, just two years removed from an All-Star campaign in which he hit .272 with 27 home runs while serving as the team's starting left fielder.
If Brown does elect free agency, he will likely draw significant interest on the free-agent market from teams looking to take a flier on a high-upside hitter. Still just 28, Brown will likely be given another opportunity at the major-league level as he looks to regain his All-Star form.