PITTSBURGH — The Pirates signed infielder Nick Franklin into a Minor League contract on Wednesday, including a second flexible protector for their Spring Training roster.

After spending last season on the disabled 23, 27, franklin, will report on to big league camp with the Bucs. The usefulness man played one match in their Minor League system in 2018 for the Brewers and 26 games. Franklin will compete for a roster spot this spring, as likely as a backup or utility infielder.

After spending last season on the disabled 23, 27, franklin, will report on to big league camp with the Bucs. The usefulness man played one match in their Minor League system in 2018 for the Brewers and 26 games. Franklin will compete for a roster spot this spring, as likely as a backup or utility infielder.

Even the Pirates have Josh Bell Initially base, Adam Frazier at moment, Jung Ho Kang competing with Colin Moran at dawn, and Erik Gonzalez planning to discuss time with Kevin Newman at shortstop. In addition they have young, Major League-ready backup options Across the infield at Kevin Kramer, Pablo Reyes along with Jose Osuna.

A few of those Pirates’ top prospects are expected to start the year in the Triple-A s infield and May be called up at some point following year: Ke’Bryan Hayes at third base, Cole Tucker at shortstop, Stephen Alemais at moment and Will Craig at first.

But Franklin offers perhaps untapped potential, experience and versatility. He was selected by 27th overall, and saw him grow up the prospect positions. He made his Major League debut at’ 13 for Seattle. On July 31, 2014, traded him into the Rays as part of their three-team deal that shipped David Price into .

The Rays designated Franklin for assignment when he was picked up by the Brewers. But Milwaukee sent him into the Angels after this year, only to outright him off their roster. The Brewers signed Franklin to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Double a Biloxi to start the season.

Franklin hit well in Double a, batting .288 having an .835 OPS in 20 games, and he was called by the Brewers up in May. In his first match with Milwaukee, Franklin wounded his right quad while running to first base on May 8. He played in six games as a piece of a Minor League rehab assignment in August, but the Brewers removed him from their 40-man roster Sept. 1.

He has left 143 looks at 2nd base, 37 in left field, 30 at shortstop, 1 9 at first base, 11 in rightfield and one at third base.

Koehler signals Minors pact
The Pirates also consented to terms of right-hander Tom Koehler on a Minor League contract. Koehler, 3 2, will report on to Minor League Spring Training. He’s expected to spend nearly all of this season rehabbing after undergoing shoulder surgery however, the Pirates brings him back next season if he returns to full health.

Koehler can earn the prorated portion of $850,000 in the Majors this year with $250,000 accessible incentives, ’s Mark Feinsand reported. The deal includes a club option to 2020 that’s worth $1.25 million with an additional $1.25 million in incentives.

Koehler spent the majority of his career but he pitched well out of their Blue Jays bullpen in 20 17. The Dodgers signed him with the goal to make him a full-time reliever, however Koehler’s shoulder injury kept him.

Overall, Koehler is 36-55 with a 4.39 ERA in 161 career appearances.

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