Ryan Franklin Joins Phils Starting Rotation

While he's not the front-line starter that the Phillies were hoping to find, right-hander Ryan Franklin has signed a one-year deal with the Phillies. Franklin became a free agent when the Mariners declined to offer him a contract for the 2006 season.

While Pat Gillick was the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, he saw the best that Ryan Franklin had to offer. After arriving in the majors in September of 1999, Franklin spent the 2000 season - Gillick's first in Seattle - at AAA before returning to the Mariners in 2001. In Franklin's first three full seasons with the Mariners, Gillick saw the right-hander go 23-19 with a 3.70 ERA.

Franklin hasn't been able to reach those types of numbers since and went 8-15 with a 5.10 ERA last season, prompting the Mariners to decline to offer him a deal for the 2006 season. In his career, Franklin is 35-50 with a 4.34 ERA. Even though Franklin has struggled over the past two seasons, he has pitched a total of 391 innings over the past two seasons. He's reached the 200 inning plateau in two of his last three seasons. Franklin was suspended this for ten days this past August after testing positive for steroids.

The deal that Franklin signed guarantees him $2.6 million in 2006 and includes a number of incentive and bonus clauses.

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