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Franklin released by Tijuana

According to the Mexican League transaction page, Wayne Franklin has been released by Tijuana after only three starts.

The former major leaguer went 0-2 with a 9.20 ERA in three outings and his latest start only lasted 3 2/3 innings and included six earned runs. Overall, Franklin allowed 15 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings pitched. So his release comes as no surprise.

Now, the question is simple: Will Franklin return to the York Revolution? Judging by what Adam Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball operations, said when Franklin went to Mexico, the Revs are certainly open to the idea of re-acquiring him. And with the recent departure of Heath Totten to the Los Angeles Dodgers, York could certainly use another starter. Franklin could slide into the fifth spot in the rotation, allowing Aaron Rakers to finally return to his natural bullpen role.

But with the way York’s starting rotation has been dealing lately, does Franklin even deserve a spot in the rotation? That’s debatable. But at least we know York has the room on its current roster to bring him back. The Revs currently have 24 players on the active roster — thanks to the separate trades of Tyler Von Schell and Kevin Kotch — so they would not have to release anyone (assuming Travis Phelps stays on the disabled list) to make room for Franklin.

For the record, Franklin was 4-2 with a 5.47 ERA in 49 1/3 innings this year for York. He had 36 strikeouts (against 32 walks) and a nasty 8.74 ERA on the road. To contrast, his home ERA (4.50) was much more reasonable.

I hope to have an update on this situation later Sunday evening. I’ll be at the ballpark for tonight’s 5:05 p.m. start with Long Island.

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2 Responses

  1. I know that this is a pay for play league, but these guys can just come and go at the drop of a hat(or sombrero). We stunk with Wayne Franklin, we’ll stink without Wayne Franklin. I saw we bid old Wayne a fond Adios, and find someone who appreciates playing in York County.

  2. Hey Josh evidently you don’t appreciate York. You can’t be much of a fan if you can say that York stinks with or without Wayne Franklin. If you would look back you would see that Wayne Franklin was the first player signed this year and if Wayne Franklin didn’t appreciate York, why would he keep coming back here. Get your story straight. Keep up the good work York!

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