The Washington Nationals made quite possibly their last off-season acquisition leading up to Monday’s season opener, signing infielder Kevin Frandsen away from the Division-rival Philadelphia Phillies today. Management created the roster spot after moving reliever Ross Ohlendorf to the 60-day disabled list due to a right lumbar strain.
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First-year manager Matt Williams stressed throughout spring training that he hoped to add one more bench player to finalize the roster, and Frandsen’s versatility by being able to play almost all positions for the team was a huge factor. A season ago, Frandsen made 119 appearances while playing mainly first and third base subsequently averaging .234 with five home runs.
Frandsen, who’s played seven Major League seasons, excels against left-handed hitters and the 31 year-old will be major role player against lefty relievers.
The Nationals made even more moves toward finalizing their roster by sending Tyler Moore, Xavier Cedeno, and Ryan Matheus to Triple-A Syracuse. Finally, the team announced the release of infielder Jamey Carroll as well.