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:
The #Nats have signed INF/OF Kevin Frandsen to a Major League contract: http://t.co/uf5RIYqOU2— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 26, 2014
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."
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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:
The #Nats have voided their previous option of RHP Ross Ohlendorf and have placed him on the 60-Day DL with a right lumbar strain.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 26, 2014