Citing pressure Frandsen might have faced after enduring the Achilles injury and while trying to make his hometown team, Giants general manager Brian Sabean said, "Frankly, I think Kevin is going to benefit from a change of scenery."The Red Sox needed Frandsen for middle infield depth, particularly at shortstop, since Jed Lowrie has mononucleosis and Bill Hall's ability to handle the position is questionable. Frandsen will find at least one familiar face when he joins the Sox: second baseman Dustin Pedroia, his friend and constant offseason workout partner. But the Giants wouldn't let Frandsen go quickly. He received a bear hug from pitching coach Dave Righetti, another San Jose native who bestowed his jersey No. 19 upon Frandsen for several years. The number had multiple sources of significance relating to Frandsen's older brother, DJ, who died of cancer in 2004. Special assistant J.T. Snow, who played briefly for the Red Sox in 2006, asked Frandsen to tell Red Sox manager Terry Francona hello. First baseman Aubrey Huff, who has spent most of his nine-year career in the American League, informed Frandsen that if he plays well in baseball-mad Boston, he'll be deified. "It's a great, great clubhouse," Frandsen said, expressing regret over leaving the Giants. But he also said, "I'm going from one class organization to another class organization. I'm pretty lucky." Among the players demoted to the Minors, the most intriguing one was Ford, who hit .500 (10-for-20) with four stolen bases in five attempts and wowed the Giants with his speed. Though Ford has never played above high-Class A, Bochy wouldn't rule out seeing the 24-year-old in a San Francisco uniform at some juncture this season. "It's very hard to say that he surprised us, because he's a good player," Bochy said. "But he exceeded our expectations of what he can do."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.