Domonic Brown is officially a free agent

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The Domonic Brown era in Philadelphia is officially over, as Matt Eddy of Baseball America writes that the former top prospect has elected to become a free agent.

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.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.