From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Padres have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Kevin Frandsen.
Frandsen, 28, can make $575,000 if he lands on San Diego’s Opening Day roster and manages to hang around for the entire 2011 season.
Our guess is he will kick off the year at Triple-A and will only be called up in the event of an emergency.
The Padres already have a couple of versatile bench players on their roster like Everth Cabrera, Eric Patterson and Oscar Salazar, and Frandsen batted just .250 with a .294 on-base percentage across 173 plate appearances last season as a utility infielder for the Angels. He doesn’t have the best range on the infield either and currently carries a .243/.302/.335 career batting line.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.
Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.
Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.
A third-inning two-run home run by Adam Rosales off of R.A. Dickey put the Padres up 2-0, but it also helped the Padres tie a National League record. The Padres have homered in 25 consecutive games, matching the 1998 Braves, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1941 Yankees. The major league record is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers.
The Padres hit three in total on Wednesday in an 8-4 victory against the Blue Jays. One of those dingers was an eighth-inning solo shot by rookie Alex Dickerson, who has now homered in four consecutive games himself. The one he hit on Monday is worth watching, as it got into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre.
As the Padres recently traded Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Jays, Dickerson is likely going to see regular playing time. That’s especially true if he keeps hitting like this.