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Brewers claim Nick Franklin from Rays

Franklin was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay over the weekend.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers have claimed infielder/outfielder Nick Franklin off waivers from the Rays, per a team announcement.

Tampa Bay designated Franklin for assignment Saturday after deciding he would not make the club’s Opening Day roster, allowing him to hit waivers and catch on with a club by the end of the week. Milwaukee will immediately add him to its 25-man roster, allowing him to be activated by Friday.

Franklin, 26, will provide a versatile option for the Brewers due to his ability to play all four infield positions and both corner outfield spots. He posted a 0.2-WAR with the club last year, hitting .270/.328/.443 with six homers in 60 games while appearing at five different positions.

Franklin was originally acquired by the Rays from Seattle as part of the three-way deal that sent David Price to the Tigers in July 2014, coming over as part of a package that included lefty Drew Smyly and top infield prospect Willy Adames. Franklin hit just .227/.284/.388 in 115 career games with the Rays, bringing his career line to .219/.288/.371 in four seasons with Seattle and Tampa.