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Phillies and Kevin Frandsen avoid arbitration by agreeing to new contract

Nov 8, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

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UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Frandsen will make a base salary of $850,000. The deal includes incentives which could bring the overall payout to $1.2 million.

11:35 PM: According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Phillies and Kevin Frandsen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a new contract. Terms aren’t yet available, but it doesn’t figure to be much since he’s arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.

Frandsen spent the entire first half of this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but received significant playing time at third base with the big club after the All-Star break, batting .338/.383/.451 with two home runs, 14 RBI and an .834 OPS in 210 plate appearances. His strong play pushed Placido Polanco to the bench down the stretch.

It’s possible the Phillies will go into next season with a platoon of Frandsen and Freddy Galvis at third base, but general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. will certainly look for ways to improve in both the free agent and trade markets. While Frandsen was a nice surprise in a small sample this year thanks to a high line drive rate and batting average on balls in play, the 30-year-old had a .243/.302/.335 batting line and a .636 OPS over his previous 626 plate appearances in the majors. With regression likely on the way, it would be unwise to count on him as anything more than a utility infielder next year.

  1. kruegere - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Its a nice thing when quad A players can make a little money.

  2. muckthefets - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    He’s a solid utility man, I just hope that Ruben hasn’t lost his mind and thinks this is a solution to the 3rd base hole that needs to be filled. I’ve started to refer to this feeling of fear of horrible offseason moves as the “Ty Wigginton” effect.

    • greymares - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      the Phillies are spending their money on 2 outfielders and an 8th inning guy. Frandsen will do the majority of 3rd base play until Cody Asche is ready. I’m sure they would look at a 1 yr. stop gap like Youkalis though.

  3. vincecully - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    For anyone who wants to watch more baseball this year:

    The Asia Series is on for the next several days.
    (viewable on justin.tv)

  4. hisgirlgotburrelled - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    It would not surprise me if they banked on platooning Frandsen and Galvis. John Mayberry Jr. impressed them enough in 104 games in 2011 to be an every day player in 2012, even though we all didn’t think he’d repeat that production.

    • deepstblu - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      They are nuts if they do anything but play Galvis full time somewhere. He isn’t going to learn to hit on the bench, and if he learns to hit at all (yes, a very big if) his defense will keep him in the majors for years. Last year should have been his AAA season; no big whoop if he goes to Lehigh for ’13.

  5. Marty - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    You know baseball season is over when Kevin Frandsen appears in a headline. This is a signal that there is really nothing left to discuss.

  6. simon94022 - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    A team that pays Kevin Frandsen more than the league minimum is going nowhere fast.

  7. snowbirdgothic - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Come on, Craig. Can’t you let up on trolling Phillies fans for even a little while? The offseason’s barely a week old and you come at us with this weak made-up nonsense about Kevin Frandsen, which….
    Waitaminute. It’s real? This happened?
    Crap.

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