Yesterday, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported that the Phillies outrighted back-up infielder Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Frandsen has 72 hours to accept or reject the assignment. If he accepts, he’ll still earn the $900,000 from the guaranteed contract he signed in December. If he rejects the assignment and becomes a free agent, he’ll lose that $900,000 and could earn less if and when he signs with another team.
Vance Worley. Remember him? The begoggled right-hander who racked up the backwards K’s with reckless abandoned in his 277 2/3 innings with the Phillies from 2010-12? The Phillies sent him to the Minnesota Twins in the Ben Revere trade in December 2012, but the Twins recently outrighted him to Triple-A after he went unclaimed on waivers.
Worley’s star has fallen fast. He posted a 3.01 ERA in 2011 with the Phillies and was the Twins’ Opening Day starter last year, and now he might be starting Opening Day in Rochester of all places. With the Phillies in need of starting pitching — they’re dangerously close to calling on Jeff Manship to join the rotation — Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests that a Worley reunion would not be out of the question. Would it make sense for the Phillies?