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February 19. 2013 5:18PM
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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with third baseman Kevin Frandsen.


The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday. Frandsen had been eligible for salary arbitration.


Frandsen hit .338 with 10 doubles, 14 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage in 55 games last season. He also hit .302 in 99 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


Frandsen is a .267 career hitter in 283 games with San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels.


Left-hander Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Nate Schierholtz are the Phillies' remaining arbitration-eligible players.


Colorado Rockies

DENVER — New Colorado manager Walt Weiss has talked fellow former Rockies player Dante Bichette into joining him in Denver as the team's hitting instructor.


Bichette was a four-time All-Star and played with Weiss in Colorado during the 1990s. He retired after the 2001 season with a career .299 batting average, 274 homers and 1,141 RBIs.


Bichette spent the last several years coaching his sons, including Dante Bichette Jr., a prospect in the New York Yankees' organization.


Weiss was hired as the Rockies' sixth manager last week, replacing Jim Tracy, who resigned in October after Colorado went 64-98, the worst record in the team's 19-year history.



St. Louis Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals have released veteran reliever Kyle McClellan, a St. Louis County native who spent five seasons with the team.


McClellan appeared in just 16 games in 2012 because of elbow and shoulder problems. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.


The Cardinals also announced Tuesday the signing of catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract. Johnson is a career .201 hitter. He hit .250 in 17 games with the Mets in 2012.


Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with former Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker that guarantees $5.5 million next season.


Baker was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA with Minnesota from 2005-11. He underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery April 17 and missed last season after being limited to 23 appearances (21 starts) in 2011.


Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have retained most of their coaching staff for 2013, with John Valentin serving as assistant to new hitting coach Mark McGwire.


Don Mattingly returns for his third season as manager after guiding the team to an 86-76 record last season.


Valentin served as hitting coach for Triple-A Albuquerque last season and Double-A Chattanooga in 2010. He has been in the Dodgers organization for six seasons and played 11 years in the major leagues.


McGwire was hired last week as hitting coach after three years in the same job with St. Louis.


Chuck Crim will serve as bullpen coach after seven years in the Dodgers organization as an amateur scout and pitching coach in the minors.




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