The Milwaukee Brewers add another name to their list of minor league contracts with the signing of Nick Franklin.
This is not a new face to the Milwaukee Brewers, he spent part of the 2017 year in the organization after being selected off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Later in the same year, the Crew traded him to the Angels for cash. Now, Franklin is back.
During his time with the Brewers, he collected 89 plate appearances with a sub .200 batting average. Franklin will get an invite to spring camp, but more than likely he start the year in the minors.
In 2016 with the Rays, Franklin hit .270 with a positive offensive rating for the first time in his career. The soon to be 27 year old has experience playing every position on the field except for catcher. That gives the organization another utility man.
It is a depth signing more than anything, but with good numbers he could compete with Hernan Perez for a utility man spot. Still, odds have it that he will not be on the MLB roster come Opening Day.
The former Seattle Mariners first round pick has seen his share of the country. After being drafted by Seattle, he was involved in the three team trade that sent David Price to the Tigers and Austin Jackson to the Mariners. When the dust settled from this deal, Franklin found himself in Tampa.
After two years with the Rays, they put him on waivers in April of 2017. That is when he came to the Milwaukee Brewers and ultimately the Angels. Now, he is back with the Crew. It is worth noting that the Boras Corporation represents him. Maybe some movement is starting to happen there.
His success comes in flashes. But if Franklin can put it all together he will be a productive backup this season. With only a minor league deal, this is a low cost, high potential move for the Milwaukee Brewers.
He will arrive to camp soon and try his best to make an impression. There is very little room to go down from last year. Hopefully things are looking up for the utility man. But his Spring performance will be very important.