CINCINNATI -- The Phillies loved Aaron Rowand so much when he played for Philadelphia, they tried to trade for him in the offseason.
They fell short, but they will have another shot at him, if they still want him.
The Giants designated Rowand for assignment on Wednesday, swallowing the remaining $14 million on his contract, which runs through next season.
Rowand hit .233 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 331 at-bats this season. He became a reserve player last year, and remained one this season. Rowand and Giants manager Bruce Bochy did not see eye to eye, and the San Jose Mercury News said Rowand made his unhappiness clear in the clubhouse.
"He's doing everything possible to get out of here," a Giants player told the newspaper.
The Phillies had no such experiences with Rowand in 2006-07, when he played for them. In fact, they considered him a positive clubhouse influence. The Phillies could trade for Rowand or simply wait for the Giants to release him in 10 days. If that happens, Rowand could sign with the Phillies as a free agent with San Francisco picking up nearly his entire salary.