WASHINGTON -- Kevin Frandsen and Nate Schierholtz have been best friends for more than a decade. They worked their way up the ranks of the Giants' farm system together in the early 2000s. They were teammates in Class A, Double-A and Triple-A before being reunited as Major Leaguers on the Phillies during the 2012 season. Not to mention, they attended one another's wedding.
So Frandsen was particularly excited when the Nationals inked Schierholtz, a former World Series champion, to a Minor League contract on Monday.
"It's a great signing for the organization," Frandsen said. "You're bringing in just a quality human being, first off, and then a really good player that's been there."
Frandsen isn't the only National that's close to Schierholtz, though. Scott Hairston played with the outfielder in Chicago last season, and often spends time with Schierholtz in the offseason.
"He can offer a lot to this team. I think he's a veteran presence," Hairston said. "He has a very respectable presence in the game, in the clubhouse."
Schierholtz will spend an undetermined period of time at Triple-A Syracuse to get some at-bats under his belt. He hasn't played since Aug. 5, one day before the Cubs designated him for assignment.
Frandsen said he's excited for the duo to return to old ways.
"It's awesome, especially in a situation like this, where we have a chance to do things that we've done in the past," Frandsen said. "And that's win."
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. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less