Red Sox Acquire Bat-First Infielder Frandsen From Giants





The Deal
The Giants traded 27-year-old Kevin Frandsen, a versatile infielder who profiles best at second base, to the Red Sox for either a player to be named or cash. San Francisco deemed Frandsen expendable because he lacked the defensive acumen to be an asset while backing up their aging middle-infield duo of Edgar Renteria and Freddy Sanchez. For this reason, the organization had come to place more faith in infielders Matt Downs and Juan Uribe.
 
Red Sox Acquire
Kevin Frandsen, ss/2b
Age: 27. Position: SS (67 G), 2B (44 G), 1B (17 G), 3B (5 G).
Born: May 24, 1982 in Los Gatos, Calif.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 185. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: San Jose State.
Career Transactions: Selected by Giants in 12th round of 2004 draft; signed June 16, 2004.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Fresno (PCL) AAA .295 110 427 67 126 18 2 13 55 23 34 3 .352 .438
San Francisco (NL) MLB .140 23 50 3 7 2 0 0 1 3 4 0 .204 .180

Frandsen has spent the better part of the past four seasons at Triple-A Fresno, unable to crack the Giants' infield mix while less-polished hitters like Brian Bocock and Emmanuel Burriss passed him on the depth chart. He ruptured his Achilles' tendon in 2008 and played in only one game that season, and as a result he qualifies for a fourth option year in 2010. In his big league time with the Giants, Frandsen batted just .240/.304/.341 in 453 plate appearances, a performance that did not exactly advocate for a full-time roster spot. But coming off a strong showing in the Puerto Rican League this winter, in which he batted .337/.396/.512 over 86 at-bats, with nine doubles, six walks and five strikeouts, the Giants sensed his trade value had reached its apex. That's not to say that Frandsen is without virtue. He rarely strikes out, has no platoon-split issues (in fact, he has batted .313/.376/.449 versus Triple-A righthanders) and offers a fair amount of power for a middle infielder (.452 career slugging). In a backup role, however, his utility is compromised because his range and arm are merely adequate for second base, let alone shortstop or third base. 
 
Giants Acquire
We'll review the player to be named once his identity is announced.

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