The 28-year-old Franklin endured an injury-limited stint as a member of the Pirates, with whom he opened the season on the minor league IL because of hamstring tightness. When healthy, Franklin totaled 152 plate appearances in the minors with the Pirates this year. He managed a mere .193/.289/.316 line in 136 attempts with Triple-A Indianapolis before the organization cut him.
The 27th overall pick of the Mariners in 2009 and once a high-end prospect, Franklin will now have to look for another employer once again. The switch hitter hasn’t seen much major league action since 2017, and has only combined to hit .214/.285/359 (78 wRC+) in 923 PA with the Mariners, Rays, Angels and Brewers. Franklin has slashed a much better .261/.347/.419 in 1,559 tries in Triple-A ball.