Phils trade Franklin to Reds

Phils trade Franklin to Reds

ATLANTA -- The Phillies found a home for Ryan Franklin on Monday, sending the right-hander to the Reds for a player to be named.

Philadelphia will select one of three Minor Leaguers from the Reds, and will take the next few weeks to evaluate the players and make their choice. The Phillies also picked up a portion of Franklin's remaining salary.

Franklin, 33, had been designated for assignment July 30 after going 1-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 46 relief appearances. He signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Phillies on Jan. 5 after spending the previous seven seasons with the Mariners.

The Phillies had until Monday to trade or release Franklin. If he cleared waivers, the Phillies would have been responsible for most of the remainder of his contract.

Things didn't work out for Franklin in Philadelphia, as the right-hander had difficulty adjusting to his role in the bullpen. He signed to be a starter, and pitched effectively, but was moved to the bullpen due to the temporary emergence of Gavin Floyd. He was subsequently given a seventh-inning role.

"There's disappointment every time a player doesn't perform up to his expected potential," said general manager Pat Gillick, who knew Franklin as GM of the Mariners. "I thought he would do a better job for us. He didn't."

This is the second trade in a week between the teams. On July 31, the Phillies dealt reliever Rheal Cormier for Triple-A starter Justin Germano.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.