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Pirates sign utilityman Franklin to minors deal

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NICK FRANKLIN CELEBRATES A HOME RUN AGAINST THE PIRATES IN 2017 - AP

The Pirates signed free-agent utility player Nick Franklin, who was limited to just two at-bats in the major leagues last season because of injury, to a minor-league contract Wednesday with an invitation to big-league spring training.

Franklin, 27, played in only one game for the Brewers in 2018 and went 0-for-2. He was also limited to just 26 minor league games because of a severely strained right quadriceps muscle and hit a combined .359/.452/.603 with four home runs and four stolen bases at three levels.

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