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Florimon elects to become a free agent

Pedro Florimon
Pedro Florimon turns a double-play against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the fourth inning at Citizens Bank Park on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

One day after clearing waivers and being outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Pedro Florimon has elected to become a free agent rather than accept the assignment. Because Florimon had previously been outrighted during his career, he had the right to either accept the assignment or become a free agent. In this case, Florimon elected free agency and will immediately be able to sign with any team. He could conceivably re-sign with the Phillies on a minor league contract.

Florimon initially signed with the Phillies in December of 2016 and played in 65 games with the Phillies over the past two seasons and hit a combined 2-11-.274/.320/.444 in the majors. Florimon missed considerable time over the past two seasons, first with a right ankle sprain last September and then with a right foot fracture that he suffered in May. The 31-year old utility player has played in the majors with Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Baltimore in addition to the Phillies.

The Phillies roster now stands at 35 with Florimon having been removed. Four other spots were opened when Jose Bautista, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Loup and Wilson Ramos became major league free agents.

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