Franco has signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Franco was released by the Orioles on Aug. 27 and didn't take long to latch on with a new organization. The 29-year-old hit .210/.253/.355 in 104 games before being let go by Baltimore, and he's unlikely to be anything more than organizational infield depth for Atlanta.
Franco was released by the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco passed through waivers unclaimed after getting designated for assignment Monday, which suggests he'll be stuck searching for a minor-league deal on the open market. As a below-average defender at third base who owns a 65 wRC+ this season and an 88 wRC+ for his career, his lack of appeal is unsurprising.
Franco was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco was coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 106 wRC+ for the Royals, so there was reason to believe he'd be a decent option this year following his move to hitter-friendly Camden Yards. That hasn't been the case, as his .210/.253/.355 slash line was good for a wRC+ of just 65. He's now been below replacement level in three of the past five seasons, per FanGraphs, so his time as a regular starter could be coming to an end. Kelvin Gutierrez was recalled in a corresponding move and should see time at the hot corner down the stretch.
Franco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus Atlanta.
Franco will take a seat for the third time in seven games as the Orioles continue to transition him into more of a part-time role while he maintains an underwhelming .506 OPS in 26 games. With Franco taking a seat, Ramon Urias shifts over to third base, opening up starts in the middle infield for Jorge Mateo and Richie Martin.
Franco isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rays, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Franco snapped an 0-for-10 slump Wednesday when he went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. However, he'll get a breather in Thursday's series finale, as Ramon Urias shifts to third base while Richie Martin starts at shortstop.
Franco isn't starting Monday's game against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco will attempt to reset during Monday's series opener after he went 0-for-7 with a walk across the last two games. Ramon Urias will shift to the hot corner while Richie Martin starts at shortstop.
Franco is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
After being activated from the injured list July 23, Franco proceeded to start in each of the Orioles' last 16 games, going 11-for-56 (.196 average) with two home runs, five RBI and four runs. Despite his underwhelming production of late, Franco doesn't face an obvious threat to usurp him atop the depth chart. Ramon Urias will spell Franco on Wednesday in what amounts to a rest day for the 28-year-old.
Franco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional RBI on Saturday in the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Tigers.
Franco's fifth-inning blast off Matt Manning was his 11th of the season and helped break a 1-1 tie. The 28-year-old continues to hold down an everyday role for Baltimore, but his .215/.263/.377 slash line on the season could lead the Orioles to explore an upgrade at third base this offseason.
Franco went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Nationals.
Franco had gone 0-for-5 with an RBI in his first two games since he was reinstated from the injured list, but he recorded his 10th home run of the season in the second inning Sunday. Since the start of June, the 28-year-old has hit .257 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 14 runs across 30 games.
Franco (ankle) was activated from the 10-day injured list and is in the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco appeared in one rehab game in the Florida Complex League, clearing the way for his return to the majors. The 28-year-old is hitting .221/.265/.376 with nine home runs, 18 doubles, 42 RBI and 27 runs in 77 games this season.
Franco (ankle) began a rehab assignment with the Orioles' Florida Complex League team Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco has been out for two weeks with a sprained right ankle. Given the relatively brief nature of his absence, he probably doesn't need to play in too many rehab games before he's considered good to go, though the Orioles have yet to announce his target return date.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that Franco (ankle) will require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning from the 10-day injured list, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco has yet to resume full baseball activities since being placed on the IL on July 7 with a right ankle sprain, so he appears to be at least a week away from rejoining the active roster. Kelvin Gutierrez has been serving as Baltimore's primary third baseman while Franco has been on the shelf.
Franco was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right ankle sprain Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco had missed the last four games after he sustained an ankle injury last Wednesday, and the Orioles will choose to give him extra time to recover on the injured list. The 28-year-old should be eligible to be activated right after the All-Star break, but it's not yet clear when the team expects him to return. Infielder Kelvin Gutierrez was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move.
Franco was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco was slated to return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury Tuesday, but his injury likely led to his removal from the lineup. It's not yet clear whether he could be available off the bench, but Domingo Leyba will take his place at the hot corner and bat ninth.
Franco (ankle) is starting Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Franco didn't appear in any of the last three games due to an ankle injury that he sustained Wednesday, but he'll be back in the lineup after Monday's scheduled day off. The 28-year-old will start at third base and bat sixth.
Franco (ankle) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco is on the bench for the third straight game after suffering the ankle injury Wednesday. Domingo Leyba will receive another start at the hot corner in his place Sunday.
Franco (ankle) isn't starting Saturday's game against the Angels, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Franco suffered an ankle injury on the final play of Wednesday's win over the Astros, and he'll remain sidelined for a second consecutive matchup. It's not yet clear when he could return to action, but Domingo Leyba will start at third base and bat seventh.
Franco (ankle) isn't starting Friday's game against the Angels, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Franco appeared to suffer an ankle injury during the final play of Wednesday's win over the Astros, and he'll be out of the lineup following the Orioles' day off Thursday. The results of his X-rays aren't yet known, and whether he's available off the bench remains to be seen. Domingo Leyba will start at the hot corner and bat seventh.
Franco is awaiting X-rays after suffering an ankle injury during the bottom of the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over Houston, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Per Joe Trezza of MLB.com, Franco appeared to suffer the injury during the final play of the game. The severity of the injury isn't clear as of now, but the results of the X-rays should lead to an official diagnosis for the third baseman. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI and can be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Franco went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's 13-3 win over the Astros.
The third baseman put together his first multi-hit performance since June 16, ending an 11-game skid that had seen Franco hit .158 (6-for-38). His .213 batting average and .630 OPS on the year are both career lows, but he's still provided some value in deep formats with nine homers and 41 RBI through 76 games, and his numbers could rise as the weather warms up at Camden Yards.
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|08/20||vs ATL||L 0-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/18||@ TB||L 4-8||4||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|08/17||@ TB||L 0-10||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/16||@ TB||L 2-9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/15||@ BOS||L 2-6||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
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|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|