Phillies rumors 2012: Kevin Frandsen likely to be back in 2013

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Utility man Kevin Frandsen looks like he'll be back in Philadelphia next season.

Utility man Kevin Frandsen is reportedly close to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that would bring him back to the team for the 2013 campaign, according to Jerry Crasnick on Thurdsay.

Crasnick reported later on Thursday that Frandsen's deal has a base salary of $850,000 but includes certain incentives that could potentially bring the overall contract value to $1.2 million.

Frandsen appeared in 55 games for the Phillies last season, hitting .338 in 195 at-bats. He hit two home runs and had 14 RBI along with a .383 OBP. Additionally, Frandsen hit 10 doubles, three triples and scored 24 runs last season. Predominantly playing third base, Frandsen also pinch-hit in five games for Philadelphia.

The Phillies first signed Frandsen in 2011 to a minor-league deal, where he spent most of his time with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. He was called up to the Phillies in the summer of 2012, assuming the role of starting third baseman.

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