Padres release Frandsen, seek backup infielder

Padres release Frandsen, seek backup infielder

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres released infielder Kevin Frandsen on Friday, opting to go in another direction as far as finding a backup infielder who can play shortstop.

Chances are good that the type of player the Padres are seeking is not yet in camp.

"[General manager Jed Hoyer] is pursuing other options that might come available," said Padres manager Bud Black.

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Frandsen, who signed a Minor League contract in January, hit .216 in 37 at-bats this spring, though he played better after going hitless in his first 18 at-bats.

Frandsen, who would have made $575,000 if he made the team, hit .421 in his final 17 at-bats with the Padres this spring.

"We came to this decision on Kevin with a lot of thought. ... We put in a lot of time and evaluation into this," Black said.

"We just didn't think there would be a fit on the team for Kevin."

Frandsen started six games at second base and four at shortstop.

"It was a shocker to me, I didn't see it coming," Frandsen said. "I had an unbelievable time the five weeks I was there. They gave me a chance."

The Padres have recently scouted Luis Hernandez of the Mets, Alberto Gonzalez of the Nationals and Robert Andino of the Orioles.

The preference is to find a defensive-minded infielder who can play shortstop.

The only player currently in camp who fits that mold is Everth Cabrera, though the team would prefer for him to start the regular season with Triple-A Tucson, where he could play every day.

As for Frandsen, he's hoping to latch on with a team soon.

"We've got a decent amount of interest. I showed I was healthy and that I can play. I know I can play in the big leagues," he said.

Also on Friday, the Padres reassigned pitchers Greg Burke, Scott Munter, catcher Kyle Phillips and infielder Jesus Guzman to their Minor League camp. The Padres now have 35 players in camp, including 31 players on the 40-man roster.