The 28-year-old former Giant was released by the Padres on Friday. He's reportedly accepted a minor league assignment and doesn't appear to factor into the Phillies' plans for Opening Day. (via Jerry Crasnick, ESPN)
Frandsen started last season with the Red Sox, was placed on waivers and split the rest of the year between the Angels and their Triple-A affiliate, hitting .250/.294/.319 in 173 plate appearances, seeing action at third, first, second and in left field. A former top prospect in the Giants' chain, his best season came in 2007 during a prolonged stint as San Francisco's starting second baseman, posting a .710 OPS in 296 plate appearances. He missed all but one at bat the next season with an Achilles injury and has been floating in and out of the Majors ever since. When he was non-tendered by the Red Sox this winter, the Padres brought him in as a non-roster player to audition for a utility role. The Diamondbacks were reportedly set to sign him this weekend, but it fell through.
Beerleaguer: At his best - in his second season in '07 - we're talking average fielder who's best at second, and below average in every other category, including speed, on-base skills and power. Still, I think it means the Phils are still in the dark by what Luis Castillo has to offer. Signing Frandsen means they have a contingency plan in case Castillo is finished after all. And I think Frandsen, who is the same age as the Phillies' bubbly Rule 5 pick, Michael Martinez, is a pretty interesting grab this late in the game. And if you're still crying over the loss of Jason Donald, well, here he is.