Franco will be non-tendered by the Royals on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Franco was expected to command a fairly sizable contract during arbitration, so Kansas City will elect to part ways with the third baseman instead during an offseason in which teams are expected to be financially conscious. The 28-year-old had a .778 OPS with eight home runs and 38 RBI during his first season with the Royals in 2020, and he'll likely be able to find another starting job at the hot corner next season.
Franco went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over the Tigers.
Franco gave the Royals the lead for good with his eighth home run of the season, this time a solo shot against Tyler Alexander in the sixth inning. Overall, Franco leads Kansas City in batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.328) and RBI (36).
Franco went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and a walk in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Cardinals.
Franco scored the game-tying run in the fifth inning before giving the Royals a 3-1 lead with his two-run single in the sixth. The veteran third baseman is up to 31 RBI with 22 extra-base hits and a .776 OPS this season.
Franco went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Pirates.
Franco has now recorded three multi-hit games in his past four starts, slugging one home run and driving in eight in that span. He has quietly delivered a quality season to this point, hitting .284/.321/.381 with seven home runs, 21 runs scored and 31 RBI across 196 plate appearances
Franco went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Franco has been mashing the baseball lately, collecting 11 RBI over his last seven games, and the 28-year-old is hitting .350 over his last 60 at-bats.
Franco went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, five RBI and a run scored Thursday against Cleveland.
Franco delivered a three-run homer in the seventh inning, his seventh long ball of the season. Four frames earlier, he had delivered a two-RBI single. With this performance, Franco now has at least one hit in seven of his last eight starts. That's bolstered his season-long line to .271/.308/.482 with 19 runs scored and 28 RBI across 182 plate appearances.
Franco went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's 5-2 loss to Cleveland.
The 28-year-old has hit safely in five straight games and 10 of his last 11, going 15-for-44 (.341) with one homer and six RBI. With Franco now hitting third in the order for the Royals, however, his run production should pick up if he can stay hot at the plate.
Franco will start at third base and will bat third Monday against the Indians, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Franco will slot into the three hole for the second game in a row, but he'll likely move down a spot or two in the order once Jorge Soler (oblique) -- who is considered day-to-day -- returns from injury. The third baseman hasn't hit a home run in his last eight games, but he's slashed a respectable .300/.364/.400 over that stretch.
Franco went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer during Saturday's 9-6 win over the White Sox.
Franco's three-run shot during the seventh inning gave the Royals some breathing room, which proved to be essential as the White Sox put together a rally during the final frame. The 28-year-old has a .244/.282/.480 slash line with six homers, 14 runs and 18 RBI through 33 games.
Franco went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Twins.
Franco drove in Hunter Dozier with singles in the seventh and ninth, bringing his RBI total to 15 on the season. The third baseman is slashing .255/.294/.480 heading into Monday's game against St. Louis.
Franco went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Franco took Jake Odorizzi deep in the fifth inning for his fifth home run of the season. He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday, but now has three home runs, six RBI and eight runs scored in his past nine contests. Overall, Franco is hitting .260/.284/.545 across 81 plate appearances this season.
Franco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Twins.
Franco took Jose Berrios deep in the sixth inning, his fourth long ball of the season. He's now riding a modest six-game hitting streak, collecting two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored in that span. Overall, he's hitting .258/.265/.545 across 68 plate appearances for the season.
Franco went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.
Franco belted a two-run home run as part of a six-run third inning, his first long ball since he slugged a pair in the same game July 27. On the season, Franco is slashing .250/.246/.518 with three homers and 10 RBI through 57 plate appearances.
Franco went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in Monday's 14-6 win over Detroit.
Franco opened the game's scoring with a solo shot in the second inning before launching a three-run blast in the fourth. The 27-year-old has collected five hits -- three going for extra bases -- over the last two games.
Franco hit a grand slam off Glenn Sparkman during Tuesday's intrasquad game, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
After inking a one-year, $3 million deal with Kansas City over the winter, Franco is positioned to serve as the team's everyday third baseman in 2020. The 27-year-old has three 20-homer campaigns on his resume and should remain a decent source of power from the corner infield, but he'll likely be a batting-average liability.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs DET||W 3-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/26||vs DET||L 3-4||4||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/25||vs DET||W 3-2||2||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|09/24||vs DET||W 8-7||3||1||2||1||2||0||0|
|09/23||vs STL||W 12-3||4||0||2||0||1||0||0|
|09/22||vs STL||L 0-5||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/21||vs STL||W 4-1||3||1||2||0||2||1||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||69||277||47||94||13||2||15||51||10||31||1||2||.339||.363||.563|
|2014||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||133||521||64||134||33||4||16||78||30||81||3||1||.257||.299||.428|
|2015||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||33||141||15||50||12||1||4||24||8||25||2||0||.355||.384||.539|
|2019||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||12||40||5||7||2||1||2||6||5||7||0||0||.175||.283||.425|