Kevin Frandsen was brought onto the San Diego Padres in the offseason and was expected to be used as the utility infielder on the team. The Spring started and Frandsen has struggled to get going out of the gates. He has played in 9 games and has been held HITLESS in his 17 at bats. He has also committed 2 errors in the field, both at second base.
Frandsen is one of the few players on the team that has experience at shortstop. Everth Cabrera has plenty of experience at short, but he is expected to start the season out in the minors so that he can get more seasoning. The only other players that have seen time at short this Spring are Jeudy Valdez and Logan Forsythe, and both those players will start the season out in the minors as well.
The first and third base positions are covered by Jorge Cantu. He will be the parimary backup at both positions to give Brad Hawpe and Chase Headley a breather during the season. Cantu can also play some second base if needed. Super utility player Eric Patterson plays in the outfield and can also play at second base, but he does not have experience out at short.
The Padres are looking around for someone that can compete for that utility infield role and that person needs to be able to play some short. Could the Padres be interested in bringing back former Friar David Eckstein? He is a hard nosed player that the guys in the locker room respect and he has experience at second base and short. He is a fan favorite and would be an interesting candidate for the Friars to bring in to compete.