Nick Franklin agrees to minor league deal with Pirates

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Utility infielder Nick Franklin has agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will attend big league spring training.

The 27-year-old Franklin is a career .214 hitter, appearing in 301 games for four different teams since making his debut in 2013 with Seattle.

Franklin has moved around during his career, playing 143 games at second base, 37 in left field, 30 at shortstop, 19 at first base, 11 in right field and one at first base. He made two plate appearances for Milwaukee last May before straining a quadriceps. He made six injury rehabilitation starts in the minor leagues before being moved to the disabled list for the rest of the season.

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