WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Nationals have signed former Phillies infielder Kevin Frandsen to a Major League contract, the team announced, freeing a roster spot for him by placing pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on the 60-day DL (with a right lumbar strain).
Manager Matt Williams had expressed his desire to find one more reliable player to complete his bench. He found it in 31-year-old Frandsen, who primarily played first and third base for Philly in 2013, but can play all across the diamond, including all infield and most outfield (left field, right field) positions.
Frandsen opted to decline his minor league assignment from the Phillies on Tuesday, instead becoming a free agent making him available for the Nats to pick up.
He appeared in 119 games last season, hitting .234 with five home runs and .637 OPS. He’s a career .259/.316/.359 hitter for .674 OPS over seven seasons between the Phillies, Giants and Angels.
Frandsen specializes against left-handed pitching, hitting .289 lifetime against lefties with a .343 on-base percentage and .435 slugging percentage.
The Nationals are now close to finalizing their roster, making a slew of roster moves Tuesday, including optioning Tyler Moore, Xavier Cedeno and Ryan Mattheus to Triple-A Syracuse, and releasing utility infielder Jamey Carroll.