FORT MYERS – The Red Sox acquired infielder Kevin Frandsen from the Giants for a player to be named later or cash and have agreed to terms on a deal for lefthanded reliever Scott Schoeneweis, who is expected to join the team tomorrow according to a major league source.
Comcast’s Sean McAdam was first to report the Schoeneweis news.
Sox scouts have been looking at relievers and infielders hoping to beef up both areas. While the Sox recently added veteran lefty Alan Embree, the jury is still out on whether he will be ready to go north with the team considering his limited time in spring training. The Sox don’t want to injure him by rushing him.
Frandsen, 27, appeared in 23 games over four stints with the Giants last season, hitting .140 with one RBI, but hit .295 with 13 homers and 55 RBI at Triple-A Fresno. He protects the Sox as a backup shortstop where he’s played in 32 major league games though it’s clearly not his best position. He has had problems playing the position since he tore his Achilles’ in the spring of 2008.
Schoeneweis, 36, was released by the Brewers earlier this week. According to Brewers manager Ken Macha, Schoeneweis threw the ball well and got lefties out but the Brewers need to use two of their seven starting pitchers in the bullpen to start the season.
Schoeneweis is 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 15 games at Fenway where’s allowed a .168 average to lefty hitters and where he’s walked just one batter in 31.3 innings. Schoenweis saw his first major league game at Fenway and his family hails from Fall River. He also played for Chatham in the Cape Cod League.