Tampa Bay has called up switch-hitting infielder Nick Franklin, whom the Rays acquired from the Mariners on July 31 in the three-team trade revolving around David Price.
Franklin hit just .210 in 27 games at Triple-A following the trade, but he came up with some big hits during the International League playoffs and the out-of-contention Rays will want to get a look at him to evaluate for next season.
Franklin was in line to be the Mariners’ starting second baseman until they signed Robinson Cano for $240 million, at which point they tried him at shortstop and in the outfield before ultimately deciding to ship him to the Rays.
He’s struggled mightily in the majors so far, but Franklin is still just 23 years old, can handle second base defensively and could also potentially be useful at other positions, and has generally hit well at Double-A and Triple-A. Expect him to have a sizable role in Tampa Bay next season.