The news is a formality at this point, as Brown was outrighted off the Phillies’ 40-man roster last week. Such a scenario would have been unthinkable after he broke out with 27 home runs and made the All-Star team in 2013, but he has batted just .233 with 15 home runs and a .634 OPS in 207 games over the past two seasons. He spent a long stretch in the minors this season after an Achilles injury. His final act in a Phillies uniform was suffering a concussion when he flipped over a wall at Citi Field on September 1.
Brown just turned 28 in September and has shown flashes of potential, so somebody will surely take a chance on a turnaround.