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Bill Ladson

Frandsen aiming for everyday second-base job

Frandsen aiming for everyday second-base job

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are looking for a starting second baseman, and infielder Kevin Frandsen said Saturday he would like to be considered for the job.

The Nationals have been looking for a second baseman ever since Asdrubal Cabrera became a free agent. Frandsen has been in the Majors since 2006, and the most games he has ever played in a season occurred in 2013. He played 119 games that year for the Phillies and hit .234 with five home runs and 26 RBIs.

Frandsen was a valuable bench player during his first year with the Nationals, hitting .259 with a home run and 17 RBIs. He was usually the first player Matt Williams called on whenever the manager needed a pinch-hitter or a defensive replacement.

"There's a second-base job that's open and I want to win that," Frandsen said. "That's the way I go with it. I don't know why you can't. That's why I go out early [on the field] and do stuff. No one is saying no. If that opportunity arises, I'll take it. …

"That 's the mentality you have to have. If you didn't have the mentality [of] wanting to play every day, it's not good for the team. I know what I can do in that situation. Everything is going to play out as it does. No one said anything, so that's why I said, I do want to play. But I love my job. I love being a utility guy, love playing everywhere, helping the team out and giving Matty options."

When told about Frandsen wanting a chance to be the everyday second baseman, Williams was surprised.

"He is having fun today, isn't he," Williams said. "I'm sure at some point during the season, Franny will play second base."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.