Not too long after the Washington Nationals made the latest round of options and releases on Tuesday, Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore reported that a source told him the Nats might have interested 31-year-old veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen. The Philadelphia Phillies outrighted the seven-year major leaguer yesterday, and he elected for free agency rather than accepting the assignment:
Source: the Nats are one of two or three teams that have contacted IF Kevin Frandsen, who opted out of his deal with the Phillies today.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 25, 2014
Frandsen, 31, hits right-handed and has played second, short and third. It's not clear when a decision would come.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 25, 2014
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting this morning that Frandsen was in camp with the Nationals this morning with a deal either done or coming:
Sources: #Nationals have signed Frandsen or will sign him. He was in their camp this morning.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 26, 2014
ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick has since confirmed that a deal has been reached:
Kevin Frandsen gets a fully guaranteed major league deal for 900K with the #nationals.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) March 26, 2014
Frandsen's agreement with #nationals includes 300K in performance bonuses and an awards package of 400K, says source.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) March 26, 2014
Frandsen avoided arbitration this winter and signed a 1-year deal with the Phillies, but reportedly forfeited the $900,000 he signed for by electing to become a free agent.
Over the last two seasons in Philadelphia, the right-handed hitting and throwing infielder who has spent the majority of his time at second and third in his career, put up a combined .280/.333/.389 line with 20 doubles, four triples and seven home runs in 174 games and 488 plate appearances. As a pinch hitter in his career, Frandsen has a .265/.318/.343 line.
No official announcement from the Nationals as of now, but Washington Post writer James Wagner too has confirmed the report with a source:
Kevin Frandsen, with Phillies yesterday, has reached a deal with the Nats, a source confirms. @Ken_Rosenthal close first.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 26, 2014