Giants trade Frandsen to Red Sox for PTBNL

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Earlier this week the Giants were said to be shopping Kevin Frandsen around and sure enough they just traded the 27-year-old infielder to the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash.
After missing all of 2008 with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Frandsen hit .295/.352/.438 with 13 homers in 110 games at Triple-A last season before struggling during a brief stint in San Francisco. He provides some solid depth and is a better hitter than he’s shown so far in the majors, but has been primarily a second baseman and may no longer have the range to play shortstop regularly.
Frandsen still has a minor-league option remaining, so the Red Sox could choose to send him to Triple-A. He was made available because the Giants reportedly prefer Matt Downs off the bench.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.