Nationals Sign Kevin Frandsen, Place Ross Ohlendorf on 60-Day DL

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The Washington Nationals confirmed the deal with Kevin Frandsen which was widely-reported earlier this morning and announced this afternoon that they placed 31-year-old right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on the DL with a right lumbar strain.

Though it was widely reported before the announcement, the Nationals sent out a Tweet making their deal with 31-year-old veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen official just before the start of this afternoon's game:

Frandsen was outrighted by the Phillies on Tuesday, but declined to accept the assignment, which meant he forfeited the $900K deal he signed with Philadelphia earlier this winter, avoiding arbitration.

ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported this morning that a source told him Frandsen signed a guaranteed $900,000 major league deal with the Nationals today which, "... includes 300K in performance bonuses and an awards package of 400K."

In two seasons with the Nats' NL East rivals from Philadelphia, Frandsen put up a .280/.333/.389 line with 20 doubles, four triples and seven home runs in 174 games and 488 plate appearances. In his seven-year career, Frandsen has a .265/.318/.343 line as a pinch hitter and against the Nationals, the right-handed hitting and throwing infielder has a .248/.280/.366 line with seven doubles, a triple and a home run in 34 games and 107 PAs.

The Nationals made room for Frandsen on the 40-Man Roster by placing 31-year-old right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on the 60-Day DL after optioning him to Triple-A Syracuse earlier this spring:

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