Kevin Frandsen opts for free agency

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Kevin Frandsen. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Former Phillies infielder Kevin Frandsen has opted to take free agency, freeing the Phillies of a $900,000 obligation.

After the Phillies outrighted Frandsen on Sunday to Lehigh Valley he had 72 hours to report. If he did, he would have been paid his guaranteed $900,000 salary.

By opting out, he gave up the chance at earning that salary and now the Phillies are off the hook.

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While many are surprised at this, Frandsen must have a deal with a team.

Last season Frandsen led MLB with 14 pinch hits. This spring he batted .206 (7 for 34). The Phillies had outrighted him because they needed a 40-man roster spot.

They current have 37 on the 40-man, but will have to add several non-roster players. The Phillies have until 3 p.m. Sunday to submit their regular season roster.

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