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Phillies Sign Frandsen to One-Year Deal

In a move to avoid arbitration, the Phillies have signed third baseman Kevin Frandsen to a one-year deal, according to CBS’ Jon Heyman. (UPDATE: Deal is worth $850,000, according to Todd Zolecki.)

Frandsen was a late season call up, and surprised the Phillies with his offensive production and steady glove at third. He hit .338 with a .383 OBP and 14 RBIs, but only 12 of his 66 hits were for extra bases.

Frandsen’s signing means the Phillies would be interested in having him as either a back up to another free agent third baseman like Kevin Youkilis or to platoon with someone like Eric Chavez, both one-year stop-gap options at the hot corner.

Game 129: Lineup Sees More Frandsen; Brown Returns

FRANDSEN OPENING EYES — Despite Placido Polanco being healthy, Kevin Frandsen is still getting the lion’s share of the starts at third base.

Frandsen will get the call at third base once again on Tuesday night against the New York Mets. It is his ninth start in the past 11 games.

Frandsen has given Charlie Manuel no reason to sit him on the bench. The Phillies third baseman has been on fire at the plate lately. He is hitting .417 with five RBIs in his last 10 games.

Since being called up from Lehigh Valley, Frandsen has done everything right. While most of the praise has been for his bat, his defense has been surprisingly strong. He’s made several diving stops to help out the Phillies pitchers.

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Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)

MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.

Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.

It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.

It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.

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Phillies Demolish Strasburg, Nationals On Deadline Day

Phillies 8, Nationals 0
WP – Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73)
LP – Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12)

WASHINGTON — On the day the Phillies sent two of their starting outfielders to the NL West, the offense showed up against the 1st place Nats.

A shell of the Phillies beat up Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee shutout the Nationals in an 8-0 romp.

The Phils tagged Strasburg for six runs, knocking him out of the game after four innings. Kevin Frandsen hit a two-run homer to start things off in the second, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead.

Juan Pierre, who had three hits hitting in the two hole, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error in the 3rd inning to make it 3-0.

In the 4th, Lee hit an RBI single to make it 4-0. The pitcher then stole second base before scoring on Jimmy Rollins’ two-run inside-the-parker off Strasburg to make it 6-0.

Lee went seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out seven to drop his ERA to 3.73. It was only his second win of the season.

2B: Ruiz (28), Mayberry (14). HR: Frandsen (1), Rollins (10).

Boxscore.

Frandsen, Brown Involved in AAA Bench-Clearer

Check out this video between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta’s AAA team) from yesterday’s 10-1 IronPigs win.

Pigs second baseman Kevin Frandsen was nearly hit by a pitch from Braves pitcher Todd Redmond in the bottom of the 4th inning with the Pigs leading 6-0. After lining out, Frandsen and Redmond exchanged words from the dugout and mound.

The next batter was Domonic Brown. Brown ripped a solo home run off Redmond, and then flipped his bat and beat his chest to send a message and stand up for his teammate. Brown celebrated all the way round the bases and into the dugout.

Redmond then hit Erik Kratz with the following pitch and was ejected. The benches cleared as well but no punches were thrown.

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Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

Phillies second baseman Kevin Frandsen, left, catches a Houston Astros left fielder Carlos Lee fly ball while avoiding Freddy Galvis (13) and right fielder Tyson Gillies. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

There are less than three weeks of Spring Training left and the Phillies have started thinning out their roster.

Still a ways from 25, the Phillies have sent nine players to minor league camp, dropping their total down to 48 players left in camp.

Right-handed pitchers Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, B.J. Rosenberg and J.C. Ramirez along with lefthander Pat Misch were reassigned to minor-league camp. As far as position players, infielders Harold Garcia and Cesar Hernandez, outfielder Tyson Gillies, and catcher Sebastian Valle were optioned to minor-league camp.
Both Bush and Hyatt are set to pitch in the starting rotation with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Hyatt could potentially be the only homegrown talent in that rotation.

Top catching prospect Vaille will go to Double-A Reading.

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Pregame Notes 5/11

Not a whole lot of pregame notes heading into tonight’s rubber match between the Phillies and Marlins. The Phils are tossing their left-handed star free agent Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) out against Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23) for the Fish.

And with that, some interesting news came out of the injury watch today as well as some stats to make you sick. Read more of this post

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