Ryan Franklin Wants To Play Beyond 2011

Just a few months ago, Ryan Franklin announced that he intended to retire after the 2011 season, when his current contract is up. Seven months and some rethinking later, Franklin told Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he would like to continue pitching beyond the 2011 campaign.

"I've done a lot of [thinking] this offseason," said Franklin. "I've come to the conclusion that if this year goes well, I'm going to keep playing. If I stay healthy, and I don't see why I shouldn't. The family has told me to keep playing, so I'm going to keep playing."

We heard that Franklin was reconsidering his retirement plans back in September, but he emphasized that the decision would be based around his family and what they want. As the reliever stated, his family is on board with him continuing his career.

Franklin will turn 38 early in Spring Training, and specifically mentioned Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, and Kyle McClellan to Goold as potential understudies for the closer's role. He pitched to a 3.46 ERA with 27 saves in 65 innings in 2010, one year after he posted a 1.92 ERA with 38 saves in 2009. Franklin's current contract guarantees him $6.5MM.


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8 Comments on "Ryan Franklin Wants To Play Beyond 2011"


4 years 6 months ago

Translation: He heard how much Soriano got and he decided to not retire.

aaronanderson16
4 years 6 months ago

Franklin is a servicible closer as long as he is not over used throughout the season. But I have a hard time seeing the Cardinals as his retirement spot if he continues after this year. A two year span could mean guys like Motte, Boggs, McClellan, or even Sanchez could develop into that role and woudl be much younger and much less of a risk.

Stl_Great
4 years 6 months ago

Agreed. I highly doubt he will remain with the Cardinals after this season, especially with the direction Jason Motte is heading.

myname_989
4 years 6 months ago

Can’t imagine many teams, especially competitors, that would be willing to offer him a job as a closer after his season. The market for relievers is extremely crowded, and he’s far from the most attractive of the lot.

myname_989
4 years 6 months ago

Can’t imagine many teams, especially competitors, that would be willing to offer him a job as a closer after his season. The market for relievers is extremely crowded, and he’s far from the most attractive of the lot.

myname_989
4 years 6 months ago

Whoops. Meant “contenders,” not competitors. Lol

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

7 months is not a few months, in my book

Triteon
4 years 6 months ago

Retire now.