Phillies Avoid Arbitration with Kevin Frandsen
The Phillies have signed Kevin Frandsen, avoiding arbitration according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Frandsen hit .338 with two homers over 55 games for the Phillies this season and will likely be a utility infielder for them in 2013.
According to a tweet from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Frandsen will earn a Base salary of $850k with incentives that could bring overall payout to $1.2 million.
It's no secret the Phillies are looking for a third baseman but bringing Frandsen back was a good solid move to start the Phillies off-season. Frandsen received lots of playing time at third base down the stretch for the Phils but is probably better suited as a utility man.
During his six major league seasons, Frandsen has played all four infield positions and has even appeared in 14 games in the outfield.
With Frandsen in the fold now as a super utility player, which player could the Phillies be considering at third base?
Kevin Youkilis is coming off his worst season at the plate, but still is considered the best free agent third baseman on the market and is likely to draw interest from at leas a handful of clubs including the Phillies according to a tweet from Heyman.