I am not trying to be harsh but look at his numbers. They are simply awful. If it wasn’t for the propensity of Tony LaRussa to covet veterans he would be a goner. If this was Fernando Salas with those numbers he would be back in AAA or released. So now is where you throw the loyalty card at me.
Baseball can not survive long on loyalty if the workers are not performing adequately. We can’t afford to have more save blown and wish we had them back later in the year. With the impending roster moves that remove Tallet and Augenstein off the disabled list this is the best time to make the Franklin move.
He has wavered about retiring so let’s just make it for him. Time to use those power arms out of the bullpen and give ip all we got with some youngsters. If the club doesn’t keep Salas and Sanchez with the club when the two pitchers come off the DL then they are not doing what is really best for the baseball side of the game.
It is thank you for your contributions in the past, Ryan Franklin, but it is time for you to retire or take your arm somewhere else.
That’s my opinion, What is yours?