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Phillies Release Stutes, Frandsen Signs with Nats

Right-handed pitcher Mike Stutes, who was outrighted by the Phillies early in March, has officially been released by the club. It was hardly a shocking move, as Stutes pitched in just three innings this spring and struggled mightily, allowing seven earned runs on five hits while walking three.

Stutes was a pleasant surprise as a rookie for the Phillies with a lively fastball out of the bullpen in 2011, but injuries have marred his past couple of seasons. In 2012 he pitched in only six games before requiring season-ending shoulder surgery, and he managed only 16 games in 2013 because of biceps tendonitis in his throwing arm.

Infielder Kevin Frandsen, who was also outrighted off of the 40-man roster, has reportedly signed with the Washington Nationals to fill out their final bench spot. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Frandsen will have a “fully guaranteed major league deal for $900,000,” which is the same amount he would have been paid by the Phillies if he had agreed to join the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and not elect free agency. Crasnick also reports Frandsen’s deal comes with $300,000 in performance bonuses and an award package of $400,000.




  1. Hogey's Role

    March 26, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Wow I’m surprised they released stutes

    • Chuck A.

      March 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I’m MORE surprised that Frandsen got all that money.

      • Hogey's Role

        March 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        I guess I’m surprised because he was already out righted off the 40 man so he wasn’t taking up a spot, idk why they wouldn’t try to rework his mechanics it something to try to make him effective again, he is relatively young still, the money that gets thrown around in this league no longer surprises me lol

      • schmenkman

        March 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        I thought Stutes had injury issues; it didn’t seem to be just a matter of mechanics or anything fixable.

      • Hogey's Role

        March 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Idk are injuries not caused by mechanics sometimes??

        It could be a shoulder weakness problem, but I would try to fix him before just releasing him, I haven’t heard a doctors report so I have no clue

      • George

        March 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        The problem is that shoulders are not set up for throwing hundreds of baseballs on a regular basis. ANY mechanics are an issue, because no matter how a guy delivers the ball, he’s straining all those rotator cuffs and labrums and whatever else is in there. There have been a lot of greats who have retired because their shoulders gave up, and no one ever called their mechanics into question. One of those greats pitched just last year for the Phils.

      • Hogey's Role

        March 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        The great Roy halladay that was sent to the minors in the early 2000s to rework his mechanics, after an injury….

        I do agree with you George that shoulders aren’t meant for throwing baseballs, and rotator cuff issues take a long time to heal, and like I said idk the full doctors report on stutes shoulder but I just think releasing him was premature…. However if he retires tomorrow then I’ll know his shoulder is a definite issue and he can’t play anymore, but if another team swoops in and signs him and he becomes a solid reliever again, I’m gonna wonder what the heck we were thinking

      • George

        March 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Anything can happen, of course, but as you’ve indicated, rotator cuffs take ages to heal. Does a team keep a player around, causing roster problems or filling the spot of someone more likely to be of use a lot sooner, or should they wait until that player actually does heal, if he even heals at all?

        Maybe in two or three years, Stutes will be back to his rookie year abilities. By then, a number of others will have had chances and some of them might be way better than Stutes.

        There are two sides in any decision, and I’m sure the Phils are aware that Stutes could conceivably haunt them. Maybe they even think he will, but too far in the future to be of significance to the building of their own roster. But since we don’t know what information they’ve actually used, I’m not going to criticise the results either way.

  2. Nick

    March 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    At least we still have bobby abreu

    • Hogey's Role

      March 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I actually don’t mind having abreu on the roster still…

      I know I’ll catch flack for that statement

      • George

        March 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        I agree. People might think that some young guy could be there instead, but some young guy might be better off getting more playing time at AAA. Abreu still seems able to get on base, he’s one of few lefthanded options to pinch hit, and he’s cheap. He doesn’t field well, but I don’t think he’ll be out there very often. If it came down to a choice between Abreu and Gwynn, I’d certainly take Gwynn, but I think there might be room for both.

        And actually, niether of them are on the roster yet. We might end up with someone worse than either.

    • wbramh

      March 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Whoops. Bye-bye Bobby.

  3. George

    March 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I’m not one bit surprised about Stutes. He’s had arm trouble in spades and his fastball velocity wasn’t anywhere close to what it was when he first came up. The Phils have his medical records, and after looking at them, it probably seemd likely poor Stutes would never be the player he had been in 2011.

    Frandsen’s money doesn’t surprise me, but the fact the Phils released him does, particularly when they also dropped Cedeno a couple days later. Now they have almost nothing to back up SS and 3rd base except people who have played very little there. Those guys may only be reserves, but half the problem last year was that the reserves were basically worthless. Antique infielders tend to drop like flies and rookies can’t always cut it. If Rollins goes down or Asche hits like MiniMart, or infielders have to be moved around to rest Utley’s knees, no depth could again be a huge problem.

    • schmenkman

      March 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      I don’t think Cedeno has latched on anywhere else yet.

  4. SotehPR

    March 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    It’s official…. The nats have become the aphillies dumpster! Lol

  5. jeff orbach

    March 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Not surprised at all about Stutes.

    Frandsen , on the other hand…. In the back of my mind I think he’s going to come back and kill us in the future. I hope I am wrong, but I think it’s a Karma thing!

  6. Joe a

    March 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Heyman reporting that Abreau did not make the team

  7. bacardipr

    March 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Any team but the dam Nats lol…Im with Scmek im surprised that they release Stutes i have to think they Phils staff must think his arm must be shot

  8. Ryne Duren

    March 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

    At this point. Nothing the Phillies brass does surprises me.

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