CSNBayArea.com reported that the Giants will owe Abreu 25 percent of his $745,000 salary once he clears waivers.
Abreu’s pending release makes it likely that young Ehire Adrianza will break camp on the Opening Day roster and non-roster invitee Brandon Hicks still has a chance to be on the 25-man roster come March 31, as well, if Scutaro opens the year on the disabled list.
Abreu couldn’t make the opening day roster last spring because of a chronic knee condition and wound up playing 53 games with the Giants in 2013, hitting .268/.301/.442 with 21 runs, 12 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 14 RBI while striking out 33 times. He started 22 games at second base, two at shortstop and one at third base.
This spring, Abreu hit just .179 (7-for-39) with three runs, two RBI and six strikeouts.
The Giants claimed Abreu off waivers from Kansas City in February 2013. He was an international free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic by the Dodgers in 2002 and made his major league debut for L.A. in May 2007. In October 2009, Abreu was traded to the Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the August deal that sent Jon Garland to the Dodgers and he signed as a free agent with the Royals after refusing a minor-league assignment following the 2011 season.
A switch-hitter, Abreu is a career .256/.285/.376 hitter in 221 big-league games.