Nationals bench player Kevin Frandsen hasn't exactly lit the world on fire, but for a guy picked up off free agency in late March, he has proven to be a nice surprise.
Frandsen is hitting .267 with a .700 OPS in 30 games and has helped the Nationals somewhat overcome all the injuries they've endured early this season. Frandsen has been good enough, at least, to make one wonder if the Philadelphia Phillies regret letting him go for nothing right before the season started.
Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. was actually posed that question on Tuesday during a pregame media session. Someone asked Amaro if he wished he could have that move back. He said no.
Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked if he regretted his decision to discard Kevin Frandsen. "Not at all," he said. "No."— Matt Gelb (@magelb) May 13, 2014
Amaro appears unwilling to admit to what could end up an obvious mistake. Frandsen is helping out a rival team, and could probably be used right now in Philly.
Then again, we are still only six weeks into a six-month MLB season. A lot could change with either team and a lot could change with Frandsen. He could revert back to the guy who posted just a .296 on-base percentage in 119 games with the Phillies last season.
Will Amaro prove right in the long run? We'll see, but for now Frandsen looks like a very smart acquisition for the Nationals.