- CSNwashington.com - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JUPITER, Fla. - Turns out the final spot on the Nationals’ bench will go to a player who hadn’t been in their organization the entire spring.

The Nationals have signed veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen, cut loose yesterday by the Phillies, and will give the 31-year-old a spot on the Opening Day roster, a source familiar with the deal confirmed.

Frandsen, who gets a guaranteed $900,000 salary, reported to Space Coast Stadium in Viera this morning, the source said, joining players who didn’t make the trip to Jupiter for today’s exhibition game against the Cardinals. He figures to make his debut Thursday in the Nationals’ Grapefruit League finale against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Frandsen thus becomes the final man on the Nationals’ bench, taking the spot most assumed would go to either Jamey Carroll or Tyler Moore. Both Carroll and Moore, though, were cut yesterday afternoon, with manager Matt Williams saying the club was instead considering either utilityman Jeff Kobernus or third catcher Sandy Leon for the Opening Day roster.

Asked at the time if there was any chance the club would acquire someone from outside the organization to fill that position, Williams said only: “I don’t have any information on that.”

Frandsen, though, was already on the Nationals’ radar at that point, having been outrighted off the Phillies’ 40-man roster over the weekend and electing yesterday not to report to Class AAA Lehigh Valley and instead become a free agent.

The veteran infielder hit .234 with five homers and 26 RBI in 252 at-bats with Philadelphia last season. A right-handed hitter who can play third base, second base and first base, he is a career .265 pinch-hitter, a role he’ll likely be asked to hold with the Nationals. He led the majors with 14 pinch-hits last year.