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Phillies outright Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Mar 23, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

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The Phillies, in a bit of a roster conundrum with the latest rash of injuries, have outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. Frandsen has 72 hours to accept or reject the assignment. Zolecki adds that GM Ruben Amaro told Frandsen he still has a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

“We’re in a situation now with many of the injuries that have happened and the things that have occurred this spring to try and create some roster space for us,” Amaro said. “That’s what we’ve done. We still think he can be a valuable part of our club. But he’s competing. Just like he was before, he continues to compete for a job on the bench.”

Infielder Freddy Galvis recently came down with MRSA and will be out indefinitely, while Darin Ruf suffered a strained left oblique and could miss all of April. The Phillies would be considering adding some combination of Cesar Hernandez and non-roster invitees Ronny Cedeno and Reid Brignac.

The decision is particularly interesting because Amaro gave guaranteed contracts to Frandsen ($900,000) and John Mayberry, Jr. ($1,587,500) after avoiding arbitration. Contracts signed to avoid arbitration are usually non-guaranteed, so Amaro going out of his way to offer guaranteed contracts seemed to indicate Frandsen and Mayberry’s spots on the roster were assured. Mayberry has reportedly been made available via trade.

In 2012, Frandsen was one of the best pinch-hitters in the game, hitting .338 in 210 plate appearances. He regressed in 2013, finishing with a .234 average in 278 PA.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Let me get this straight. The Pheelies brass has decided to make Frandsen available, while protecting Abreu? Is there such a thing as MLB intervention?

  2. chacochicken - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I know players have pride and managers and GMs certainly do too but Ryan Howard is cannot hit left handed pitching. He most recently mustered up a .173 BA with a .539 OPS. Ruf is out for as long as two months. Are you really going to run Howard out there every day for 2 months? Have they considered placing a folding chair with a bat velcroed on against lefties? It will probably strike out less.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      If/when they decide to platoon Howard, Ruf will probably be healthy by then. But at this point and the decisions the FO has made who the hell knows.

  3. skerney - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    Does RAJ have any idea what he is doing?

  4. dclogicatlast - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    RAJ has rewritten GM ineptitude. He’s brilliant.

  5. jrbdmb - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    At 31, Frandsen is far too young to provide any value to the Phillies. Hopefully if they can hold onto him a few more years he may have some use to the team.

  6. ryanrockzzz - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Only in the RAJ world do people get so upset at Frandsen getting sent down. “He’s awful, how dare he outright a 31 year old journeyman hitting .204″
    It is curious considering they now have no real backup at 1st to spell Howard, but my bet is Frandsen is back up with the club by May. For now Howard will have to earn his money while Ruf gets better. It’s a novel concept, although I’m not sure it can be done.

    • jaybyrd99 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I hear you Ryan. You would have thought they had released a young Mike Schmidt the way folks are whining. In reality he’s an older, second coming of Rick Schu, who interestingly enough , will be his hitting coach in Washington.

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