The Phillies released infielder Ronny Cedeno on Monday, and Kevin Frandsen opted for free agency. Bobby Abreu, who's been bothered by a sore shoulder, agreed with the club to move his opt-out date back four days.
Ultimately, after his lousy spring, they chose door No. 3 and let him go. The 31-year-old went just 4 for 22 in Grapefruit League play.
Frandsen, who would have been guaranteed $900K if he accepted his demotion, chose to become a free agent instead.
Granting Frandsen guaranteed money didn't look good after the Phils outrighted him Sunday, but the 31-year-old's decision to walk let the club off the hook. He also had a subpar spring, going 7 for 34 with no extra-base hits or walks. He did lead the league with 14 pinch hits a year ago, although his overall performance at the plate was a mediocre .250 average.
Abreu is the most interesting case of the three. By moving his deadline back to Sunday, the Phillies have bought themselves more time to decide on who will make up their bench — after John Mayberry Jr. and Wil Nieves. The final spots will likely come down to Abreu, Tony Gwynn Jr., Reid Brignac and Cesar Hernandez.
All four have had good springs, although Brignac's sample size has been easily the smallest — he's the only one who hasn't gotten 20 plate appearances, while the rest have gotten at least 38.