Braves sign Wayne Franklin, release Moss

The Braves have added another arm for Triple-A Richmond. Bill Shanks has more.

The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran major leaguer Wayne Franklin to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Richmond.

Franklin had been in spring training with the Devil Rays. He pitched in eight games and had an ERA of 3.24. The lefty allowed 10 hits in 8.1 innings pitched, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.

To make room for Franklin on Richmond's roster, the Braves released left-hander Damiam Moss, who had been signed in mid-March after pitching for the Australian WBC team. Moss pitched in three games for Richmond (including two starts) and was 1-2 with an ERA of 10.13. He allowed 16 runs (15 earned) on 23 hits in only 13 innings of work.

Franklin was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 1996 draft. Then the Astros selected him in the Rule V draft in 1998. He made his big league debut in 2000, pitching in 25 games for Houston and posting a 5.48 ERA. Franklin pitched in eleven games for the Astros in 2001 before being traded to the Brewers' organization.

In 2002 he pitched in 29 games for AAA New Orleans (13-9, 3.12 ERA) and then started four games late in that season for Milwaukee. Franklin then made the Brewers' rotation in 2003 and went 10-13 with a 5.50 ERA in 36 games (34 starts).

Milwaukee then traded Franklin to San Francisco right before the start of the 2004 season. The Giants made him a reliever and he struggled, posting a 6.39 ERA in 43 games. He then signed with the Yankees in April of last year as a minor league free agent and spent most of the 2005 season in Triple-A Columbus. Franklin was 2-3 in 46 games with the Clippers with a 3.61 ERA. He allowed 36 hits in 42.1 innings with only 11 walks and 50 strikeouts. The Yankees called him up and he pitched in 13 games and posted an ERA of 6.39.

The Devil Rays invited the 32-year-old lefty to spring training, but they sent him back down to their minor league camp despite a solid spring.

Franklin will be insurance for the Braves in Triple-A in case there is a need for a lefty reliever at some point this season.

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The Rome Braves placed right-hander Nelson Payano on the disabled list Sunday afternoon with a finger laceration. Payano is 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA in three games (one start). He's allowed only three runs (two earned) on four hits in 12.1 innings this season with 14 strikeouts.

Rudy Quinonez joins the Rome roster from Extended Spring Training in Orlando. Quinonez had a quad strain that kept him from breaking camp with the Rome team. He pitched six scoreless inning in Extended and allowed only one hit and struck out eight. Quinonez was the Braves 12th round pick last June out of Fresno State. He was 1-0 with ten saves and a 2.60 ERA in 24 games for the Danville Braves last season.


Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.


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