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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.


Phillies Interested In Youkilis

The Phillies are in desperate need of a third baseman, and Kevin Youkilis is on their radar.

Fox Sports baseball writer Jon Morosi said the Phillies, along with the Dodgers and Indians among other teams, are interested in the 33-year-old free agent third baseman.

Youkilis may have lost a step from when he was a dominant hitter and almost-guarantee on-base guy but he can still play and manage at-bats, something the Phillies desperately need from that position.

Youkilis’ value is extended from where he can play in the field, which includes both first and third base. This would give the Phillies an option to spell Ryan Howard and have both Youkilis and Kevin Frandsen in against tough left-handed pitching.

Youkilis played with the Red Sox from 2004 until being traded in the middle of the season in 2012. Youkilis hit a career-low .235 with another career-low .745 OPS with the Red Sox and White Sox combined.

Series Preview: Red Sox

Phillies (31-27; 2nd in NL East) at Boston Red Sox (35-27; 3rd in AL East)

Where: Fenway Park (Bahston, MA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98) vs. John Lackey (6-3, 4.72)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (1-4, 6.07) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2, 4.59)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (5-5, 3.98) vs. Tim Wakefield (2-4, 5.48)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10: CSN
Saturday, 4:10: FOX
Sunday, 1:35: MyPHL17/TBS
All Games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Ryan Howard: .357 (10-for-28), 4 R, 3 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 8-game hitting streak.
Not (last 7) – Jayson Werth: .125 (3-for-24), R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 9 K.

Player to Watch – Kevin Youkilis: I wish he was playing third base for the Phillies. That’s how good this guy is. Youk is one of the best hitters in the game and he isn’t even deemed a super star. He is batting .316 on the year with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. His last 10 games though have put him on a red-hot tear: .395/2/11. He’s only 2-for-7 against Philly this year but his two hits are a triple and homer and he’s had a lot of tremendous at-bats.

Series Overview: Boston leads the series 2-1… The Phillies are starting to find their groove offensively despite getting shut out Thursday. The Red Sox, on the other hand, have been very good as they climbed their way within three games of the AL East… The Phillies are only 15-14 on the road while Boston is 18-14 at home… The Phillies are in the lower half of batting in the majors while the Sox are fifth. Boston has also scored the second-most runs in the majors. Pitching is what has really been Philly’s saving position as they are sixth in the majors with a 3.69 ERA.

A Not-So-Happy Halladay

Five days ago I got to see an odd feat, a complete game loss on Roy Haladay’s part. Today I got to see another odd sight: Halladay getting shelled and bounced before the sixth inning. Halladay allowed seven runs, six earned in the Phillies 8-3 loss on Sunday to lose the series to Boston.

Tim Wakefield pitched eight shut out innings, allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out one. Halladay was not so impressive, allowing seven runs, six earned in only 5 2/3 innings pitched on eight hits, two walks, and a strike out.

The Phillies avoided their third shut out of the season when Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning. Three batters later, Ross Gload hit a pinch-hit two run homer to make it 8-3.

Kevin Youkilis was a force at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored. Adrian Beltre was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Chase Utley and Werth had two hits for the Phillies.

Many are questioning whether or not Halladay’s 132-pitch outing on Tuesday was a factor in his 99-pitch outing where he couldn’t get anyone out. The runs and hits weren’t the main concern for Doc but the fact he only struck out one batter. A lack of dominating at-bats was certainly not a Halladay-esque outing.

I’m not trying to make Greg Dobbs a scape goat but his one-out error in the fourth inning scored two runs for the Red Sox to make it a 3-0 game at the time. If Halladay would have gotten out of that inning, the game probably could have gone a little differently.

But Halladay was ineffective and the Phillies offense, who were hitting Wakefield hard but straight to the fielders were having an unlucky day. The Phils will have the day off tomorrow and will travel to Citi Field to take on the Mets in a three-game series starting Tuesday.

Doubles: Victorino (6), Castro (4), Werth (22), Ibanez (9). Triples: Utley (1). HR: Gload (2).

WP: Wakefield (1-2). LP: Halladay (6-3).


Series Preview: Red Sox

Phillies (25-15; 1st in NL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (21-20; 4th in AL East)

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Pitching Probables
Fri: Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29) vs. John Lackey (4-2, 4.86)
Sat: Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.24) vs. Disuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89)
Sun: Roy Halladay (6-2, 1.64) vs. Tim Wakefield (0-2, 5.31)

Fri: 7:05 pm, CSN
Sat: 7:10 pm, FOX
Sun: 1:35 pm, MyPHL17, TBS

Hot (last 7) – Chase Utley: .349 (10-for-29), 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI.

Players to Watch – Dustin Pedroia: Like the previous player to watch, Pedroia is the everything for the Sox. He fields, hits for power, and average. Pedroia is batting .287 and his tied for the team lead in homers (8) and second in RBIs (25).

-Kevin Youkilis: Youk is such a good ball player. He is one of those players teams wish they had. He can play multiple positions in the field and play them well. He is also a .300 hitter and can hit 3o homers and 100 RBIs a year.

Both Youk and Pedroia can change games, especially with them only separated by a batter in the order.

Series Overview: It’s the start of inter-league play… The Phillies always struggle with teams in the AL, especially the east… Boston has won three straight games while the Phillies offense is looking to get itself back to hitting… Boston has the pitching advantage with Lackey while Dice-K vs. KK is going to be a push. Halladay has a clear advantage over Wakefield as well… I’m not making a series prediction seeing as it isn’t going over too well.