I'm not going to link anything, you can find that news anywhere including the Giants website. I wonder what's going on with this move.
Frandsen has had two previous callups. First time he was playing 2B extensively because Durham was DLed. The second time he didn't really play much at all. Now he's being brought up a third time with the mandate that he's going to see a lot more playing time but as a utility IF, essentially, playing 2B, 3B, and SS, but in a semi-starting role, varying by day, ostensibly to give Durham, Vizquel, and Feliz some rest time during the heat of summer.
What are the implications? Does it mean the Giants see him only as a utility IF? Or do they see this as an opportunity to play him regularly without having a regular position for him? One of the publications I buy list his potential only as a utility IF but the Giants have been touting his abilities as a major leaguer (not incompatible positions, either).
Does it mean that the Giants are testing him now to see how he hits as a semi-regular to see if either he or Durham (I assume Durham) can be a trading chip in the upcoming "trade winds" period of the baseball season? Maybe they want to sell high on Frandsen, since there had been talk of him starting? Or do they hope Frandsen plays well enough for the Giants to consider trading Durham off and starting Frandsen in his place? The only Giants that Sabean has openly talked about re-signing is Schmidt.
This also appears to me to be a sign that the Giants are not happy with Vizcaino's production so far and he could be the next DFA on the team with Frandsen taking his role permanently (instead of just currently since his description sounds like what Vizcaino has supposedly been doing but he's probably played more 1B than anything from my recollection).
Another sidenote, the SFGiants.com article also notes that Vizcaino, Sweeney and Greene might see time at 1B going forward (even though in the same article, it is noted that Niekro is due to come off DL next Tuesday - I wonder who goes down then, sounds like Frandsen's up for a while, hopefully Hennessey so he can start in minors) but based on the lack of offense the Giants have been suffering through, I see the significant point of this note is that Greene will see time at 1B, which would mean a three-way at 1B between titular Niekro the main starter but Sweeney and Greene seeing significant time at 1B. And, hey, why not, Felipe has got to be seeing Greene bash the ball all around and licking his chops thinking about how he can get him in the lineup more often, perhaps because Eliezer has been doing so well catching.
Why is Frandsen up? (multi-choice)
Giants want to trade off Frandsen (3 votes)
Giants want to trade off Durham (14 votes)
Giants want to DFA Vizcaino if Frandsen proves to be replacement (24 votes)
Giants see Frandsen as utility player (6 votes)
Giants want to give him opportunity to start more (5 votes)
52 total votes