Franco had a .267/.290/.400 slash line with one double, one home run and eight strikeouts in 30 Cactus League at-bats.
The 27-year-old was non-tendered by Philadelphia in early December, and he joined Kansas City on a one-year deal a couple weeks later. Franco had a .234/.297/.409 line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 123 games last season. The 70 wRC+ was the worst mark of his career, though he did deliver a career-best 8.4 percent walk rate. Franco will serve as the Royals' everyday third baseman once play resumes.
Franco signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Royals on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Franco was non-tendered by the Phillies at the beginning of December, but he will get a chance to bounce back with the Royals after a lackluster performance offensively last season. The 27-year-old recorded a .234/.297/.409 slash line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 2019. Franco will likely serve as the Royals' primary third baseman in 2020.
Franco was non-tendered by the Phillies on Monday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Franco struggled at the dish in 2019, as he hit just .234 with 17 homers and 56 RBI over 123 contests after batting .270 with 22 homers and 68 RBI in 2018. He'll aim to redeem himself elsewhere after being cut loose by the Phillies.
Franco went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Marlins.
It's only Franco's second home run since rejoining the Phillies in early September, and he has a a .736 OPS over 17 games this month. The 27-year-old endured a tough season before being demoted to Triple-A in August, and he has a .234/.298/.467 slash line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 423 plate appearances.
Franco went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Friday's loss to Cleveland.
Franco cut the deficit to two in the fifth inning by knocking in two with a double to left center, but the Indians would come away with a 5-2 victory. The 33-year-old is hitting .234 over 116 games this season, which is well below his career average (.249), but he came through with his club's only offense Friday night.
Franco is starting at third base and batting eighth Friday against the Indians.
Franco was a late addition to the starting nine after Jean Segura (ankle) was scratched. Franco is 0-for-8 at the dish over his last three contests.
Franco is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians.
Franco has started off-and-on the last couple weeks, but he is not in the lineup Friday for the second straight day, and for the fourth time in five games -- even with a DH available to the Phillies on Friday night.
Franco is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
He is hitting .240 with one home run in 25 at-bats since rejoining the big-league roster. Brad Miller will start in left field while Scott Kingery starts at third base.
Franco was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday.
With the minor-league season winding down, it makes sense for Franco to rejoin the big-league club, but he is not in Thursday's lineup. He should serve as a bench piece, getting the occasional start down the stretch.
Franco was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.
The transaction probably wasn't the present that Franco hoped to receive for his 27th birthday. He was up for the weekend series in Miami with Bryce Harper on the paternity list but will head back to the minors for Harper's return. Franco will likely be back with the team in September but isn't expected to reclaim a starting role.
Franco was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to Friday's game against the Marlins.
Bryce Harper was placed on the paternity list in a corresponding move, so Franco could be sent back to Triple-A in a day or two when Harper rejoins the team. Franco hit .211 with zero home runs in five games at Triple-A. He hit .231 with 15 home runs and a sub-.300 OBP (.296) in 102 MLB games.
Franco (hand) went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and an RBI in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's loss to Syracuse on Tuesday.
This was Franco's second game back from a stint on the 7-day IL due to a bruised left hand. He went 0-for-4 in his return Monday and is now 3-for-16 with a walk and two strikeouts in four games with Lehigh Valley since his demotion earlier this month. Now that he's healthy, Franco could return to the Phillies in September, though it's not a lock. Philadelphia could opt to DFA him, since he's not going to be tendered a contract for 2020 anyway.
Franco was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a bruised left hand, Tom Housenick of The Morning Call reports.
He was hit on the hand by a pitch in Friday's game. Franco went 1-for-7 with two strikeouts and a walk in two games since being sent down to Triple-A.
Franco was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Franco has been the Phillies' primary third baseman for most of the season, but he'll head to Triple-A since he has a .222/.276/.361 slash line in 73 games since the start of May. The 26-year-old's lack of versatility makes him an unappealing bench option, so he'll skip a reduced role and go straight to the minors. Brad Miller (hip) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move and figures to see some time at the hot corner in his place, though Scott Kingery is starting Sunday's contest.
Franco is not starting Friday against the White Sox.
Franco is seemingly always one cold streak away from falling out of the Phillies' lineup, and his .170/.231/.191 slash line over his last 15 games certainly won't help his case. Scott Kingery could be spending more time at third base in the near future as a result of the Phillies adding Corey Dickerson at the deadline. Dickerson isn't in the lineup Friday, but Kingery nonetheless finds himself at the hot corner, with Roman Quinn starting in center field.
Franco is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Franco has been in and out of the lineup this week, as he missed two games earlier in the week due to a combination of a benching and a groin injury. He will now sit for two of the team's three games against the Pirates after also bowing out of the lineup Saturday. Brad Miller has gained playing time in his place, and will start at third base and bat fifth Sunday.
Franco is not starting Saturday against the Pirates.
Franco missed a pair of games earlier in the week due to some combination of a groin injury and a lack of hustle. He's since returned for a pair of starts, so Saturday's off day is likely just a routine one. Brad Miller starts at third base in his absence.
Franco (groin) will start at third base and bat seventh Thursday against the Dodgers, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Though a groin issue was cited as the reason behind Franco's absence from the lineup the past two days, Lauber notes that the 26-year-old's failure to run out a grounder in Monday's series opener likely contributed to him being benched Tuesday. The slick conditions Wednesday may have prompted the Phillies to give Franco an additional day off, but he was still summoned from the bench as a pinch hitter in the 7-2 loss. After checking out fine, he'll reclaim his usual post at third base as the Phillies wrap up their homestand.
Franco (groin) remains out of action Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Franco's off day Tuesday was as much about his failure to run out a groundball in Monday's contest as it was about the groin injury he suffered in that game. However, the two are likely linked, as the injury was supposedly the reason for his lack of hustle. Regardless of the exact reasoning, Franco remains on the bench for Wednesday's contest, with Brad Miller again starting at third base.
Franco (groin) will sit Tuesday against the Dodgers, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Franco tweaked his groin during Monday's loss to the Dodgers. He finished the contest but will get to rest for at least one day. Brad Miller starts at the hot corner in his absence.
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