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Monday, March 15, 2021

O’s finalizing deal with Maikel Franco

The Orioles will soon have a new third baseman. The club was finalizing a deal with veteran Maikel Franco on Sunday, a source confirmed to MLB.com, that would bring the most productive free-agent position player left on the market to Baltimore.

The Orioles have not confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Franco had multiple suitors, per Heyman, choosing the O’s over the Mets and Braves. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately clear.

Once a big-time prospect with the Phillies, Franco developed into a quality but inconsistent player with Philadelphia, hitting .249 with 102 homers and a .733 OPS (93 OPS+) over parts of six seasons. He caught on with the Royals after the Phillies non-tendered him following the 2019 season, hitting .278 with eight homers and a .778 OPS (109 OPS+) and playing in all 60 games with Kansas City last year. The Royals non-tendered him rather than pay the raise Franco would have earned for ‘21 based on his prorated $2.95 million ’20 salary.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2021 at 03:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
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