Kevin Frandsen signs deal with Nationals

Kevin Frandsen signs deal with Nationals
March 26, 2014, 11:30 am
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Kevin Frandsen on Wednesday signed a deal with Phillies' NL East rival Washington. (USA Today Images)

A day after the Phillies announced he had opted to become a free agent, utility man Kevin Frandsen signed with the Washington Nationals, the team announced on Wednesday.

Frandsen signed a $900,000 deal with the Phillies before the season and slipped through waivers this week when the club outrighted him to open up room on the 40-man roster. Upon clearing waivers, Frandsen could have accepted an assignment with Triple A Lehigh Valley or become a free agent and forfeit his $900,000 deal.

It was a risky move by Frandsen, but it appears to have worked out. Frandsen reportedly signed a $900,000 deal with the Nationals plus $300,000 in performance bonuses and a $400,000 awards package.

Frandsen, 31, is expected to be a utility infielder and a right-handed bat off the bench. His versatility in the field was a big asset for Nats manager Matt Williams.

"I like options," Williams told "If we were to look for somebody else, it would be somebody that would give us multiple options, that has the ability to play multiple positions. It's important for your team to have guys that move around, that are experienced in that regard, and they have done it."

Frandsen batted .234 with five homers in a career-high 119 games last season and just .206 (7 for 34) with two RBIs, no extra-base hits, no walks and six strikeouts in 17 games this spring. For his career with the Giants, Angels and Phillies, Frandsen has a .259 average, but is known for putting the ball in play. In 1,114 plate appearances, Frandsen has struck out just 99 times.