"I got an opportunity to make it back to the big leagues. I played really well for them," Frandsen said. "But there are some things you really can't control. I really didn't control it, obviously. It happened."
Frandsen said he was angry when he left the Phillies, but he reiterated that his anger was not toward current manager Ryne Sandberg and his coaching staff. Frandsen was upset that the front office needed payroll flexibility.
"I didn't think of myself [as payroll flexibility]. I earned my way to being on the bench, being a vital part over there. That's what I thought," Frandsen said.
A day after becoming a free agent, Frandsen signed with the Nationals and is one of their main cogs off the bench. He is expected to see his share of playing time during the next two months, now that outfielder Bryce Harper is on the disabled list because of torn ligaments in his left thumb.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.