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    Phils Release Jenkins, Clear Space for Sheff?
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    Jenkins didn't impress this spring batting only .250 with one homer in 44 at bats.

    The Phillies released veteran Geoff Jenkins, the team announced Tuesday.

    The move clears the way for both Miguel Cairo and Matt Stairs to make the 25-man roster. But, the Phillies might be interested in another established veteran.

    The Phillies reached out to the agent for outfielder Gary Sheffield, said General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to Phillies.com reporter Todd Zolecki.

    Sheff, a former All-Star outfielder, was recently released by the Tigers. He is currently stuck on 499 home runs.

    He would fill the need for a power-hitting righty who can play the outfield.

    Sheffield in red pinstripes -- it seems to only be a pipe dream. The chances that the Phillies sign Sheffield are "very slim," reported the Philly Inquirer.

    Jenkins came to Philly with big expectations but wound up only playing a platoon role for his one season in Philly.

    The 31-year-old outfielder signed a two-year deal before last season. He had spent his first decade in baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    He played 115 games last season, batting .246 with 16 doubles, 9 homers and 29 RBI.

    Unless Jenks is claimed on waivers, the Phillies will need to pony up his entire salary, including a buy-out option.

    Jenkins was a contributor to last season's World Series championship team. He doubled then scored the go-ahead run in Game 5 after the game was suspended for two days.

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