Outfielder Scott Podsednik and infielder Kevin Frandsen will reportedly return to the Phillies for a second season, while lefty Pat Misch is set to join the organization after three seasons with the Mets. (Jayson Stark and Ken Rosenthal tweeted these signings)
Beerleaguer: All three have had extended stays in the Majors and could help the parent club at some point this season, particularly Misch, since a rotation is more like seven or eight guys, not five. I was expecting Podsednik and Frandsen to factor into the Phillies' plans last season in some type of reserve role, but it never worked out. Podsednik, 35 and a former All-Star, was a league-average fourth outfielder a short time ago, splitting duties with Kansas City and the Dodgers in 2010. He earned a spring invite from the Jays in 2011 and couldn't work his way onto the roster and was picked up by the Phils midway through the season.
As it stands, the Phils will audition the final outfield spot this spring, and being a lefty hitter will help Podsednik's chances. Over 10 seasons, he's a career .266/.346/.351 hitter with declining defense and speed, which were really his most marketable skills. May the BABIP be with you, Scott.
Frandsen, 29, was one of the better hitters for Lehigh Valley and can bounce between all the spots in the infield. Of all the veteran minor leaguers who declared free agency, he was one of the guys I wanted back. In parts of five big-league seasons, including a 2007 extended stay with Giants in which the club thought they had found their starting second baseman, he is a .243/.302/.335 hitter with no power or speed. He'll reportedly earn a spring invite, and with a few breaks, could challenge for time with the parent club.
The Phils could do worse than having Misch assume the seventh starter spot behind Kyle Kendrick. The 30-year-old finesse lefty is a career 4-15 with a 4.80 ERA and 116/57 K/BB ratio over 200 2-3 innings. Misch is your typical junkballer who needs to hit his spots and doesn't profile as a loogy (lefties actually hit him better). The Phils have seen him nine times in his career and were .259 hitters against him with 22 strikeouts in 28 2-3 at bats.
Odds we'll see them in Philly at some point in 2012: Misch: 50 percent; Frandsen: 25 percent; Podsednik: 25 percent.