Franco signed a one-year, $5.2 million deal with Philadelphia to avoid arbitration, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Franco once again showed some pop during the 2018 campaign, launching 22 homers and driving in 68 runs in 131 games. He's on track to begin the 2019 year as the starting third baseman and will shift his focus to getting ready for spring training after coming to terms with Philadelphia.
Franco is not in the lineup Sunday against the Braves, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. This will be the seventh game in a row Franco will miss after sitting out much of September with a plethora of injuries. Assuming he won't make a pinch-hit appearance, the 26-year-old will finish the season with a .270/.314/.467 slash line, a vast improvement from last season. Carlos Santana will man the hot corner in his stead.
Franco remains out Saturday against the Braves. The third baseman has started just three times since Sept. 1 while battling multiple injuries and may have already played his last game of the season. Carlos Santana remains at third base in his absence, with Rhys Hoskins starting at first.
Franco is not in the lineup Friday against Atlanta, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Franco continues to ride the pine while Carlos Santana gets another start at third base. Due to various injuries and the club's collapse, Franco has only played in seven games since Sept. 3. Don't be surprised if we've seen the last of the 26-year-old in 2018.
Franco is out of the lineup against Colorado on Thursday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Franco will remain on the bench for a fourth straight game. Carlos Santana will start at third base and bat fifth in the order.