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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. donlock Posted: March 17, 2021 at 09:19 PM (#6009029)
The Orioles and other teams seem to have found a way to beat the arbitration hearings. A player, like Franco, works his way up to making a few (4)million per year in arbitration but then the team declines the process, releases him, and offers him perhaps a small major league deal of $600,000 or so.This has happened to Franco, Freddy Galvis, Sanchez and Villar(2019).
. All four of these players were regular starting infielders last year.Each player has to start over again. This year regular Oriole players in 2020, Renato Nunez and Hanser Alberto both were cut and neither has a major league contract with any team for next year.How does the Players' Union let the ML teams do this to contracted players?

I would say it is done more to Latin Players but, at the same time, Didi Gregorious of the Phillies and and Javier Baez of the Cubs both signed huge long term contracts to play SS.Am I missing something here? Why aren't the agents upset? Why don't the players complain?
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 17, 2021 at 10:30 PM (#6009042)
Why don't the players complain?
The non-tendered players are free agents, able to seek employment with any team and take whatever offer they deem best. Some (e.g., Kyle Schwarber & Brad Hand) do OK, others, such as the ones you cite, not so much. Prior suckitude depresses salary, so, absent collusion, such players have only themselves to blame.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 18, 2021 at 12:48 AM (#6009052)
the most productive free-agent position player left on the market to Baltimore
The final piece!




Sorry, someone had to.
   4. DCA Posted: March 18, 2021 at 01:13 AM (#6009054)
the most productive free-agent position player left on the market to Baltimore

Except that's not even true, unless Jedd Gyorko signed somewhere when I wasn't looking.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: March 18, 2021 at 02:16 AM (#6009058)
I don't even know what the Baez and Didi comment means. Baez was arb-eligible, the Cubs tendered him, they agreed on a contract rather than go to arb. Didi passed 6 years of service time a while ago. He was an FA after 2019 and signed with the Phils for 1 year; he was an FA this offseason and signed with the Phils again, this time for 2/$28. The "cheap" deal for 2020 was because he was hurt for the 1st half of 2019 and pretty bad for the 2nd half. So he got $12 M to prove he was healthy and could hit. He did well in 2020 but of course it was just 60 games.

You'll note neither of those is "long-term" or "huge" ... unless Javy signed an extension today and I missed the news.

Now $1.5 M for Galvis does seem absurd -- he was an average starting player for 2017-19 -- but what exactly is the union supposed to do? He's also well over 6 years service time, has been an FA 3 times, nobody seems to want him around for more than a year. The MLBPA could try to negotiate something like "the min salary for a player with 6+ years is $2 M" but it's not clear that won't put Galvis or some similar players out of a job.

As to Franco, he's barely above replacement for his career and 2020's short season was the first time he was decent with both the bat and the glove. I assume Sanchez is Yolmer -- he got non-tendered by the White Sox after 2019, signed with the Giants on a minor-league deal, never played for them, got released, the Sox picked him back up for Sept then non-tendered him again. He was also pretty much average from 2017-19. In his case and somewhat Galvis and definitely Hanser, there does seem to be an FO trend that it doesn't matter how good your defense might be, if you can't hit the ball with at least a little authority, nobody wants you. Alberto's hard hit % is roughly half the league average over the last few years (somebody pointed this out to me a few weeks ago) and Sanchez's is pretty bad. Galvis has sometimes been solid but he was terrible in 2020 in hard hit%.

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