Maikel Franco has drawn curiosity from the Orioles, amongst different groups
Heyman had previously reported that Franco’s market was “heating up” as he stays the most effective place gamers nonetheless left in free company. In 2020, Franco performed in all 60 video games of the truncated common season for the Kansas Metropolis Royals, recording an above-league-average 106 Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) over that span.
In response to Spotrac, Franco earned $2.95M with Kansas Metropolis final season. Nonetheless, the Royals non-tendered him this offseason. It was the second time in two seasons that Franco had been non-tendered, beforehand by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Maikel Franco can be a major improve over Renato Nunez, who the Orioles designated for assignment final November. In response to FanGraphs, in 2020, Nunez posted a career-high 29.6% strikeout fee, almost doubling the 15.6% that Franco held final season. Nunez and Franco each play primarily nook infield positions, at which Franco is the superior defender. Final season, Franco recorded a +1.3 Final Zone Score (UZR) at third base versus Nunez’s -1.5 whole.
With the Orioles, Franco would seemingly change into the crew’s major third baseman upon signing, bumping Rio Ruiz out of the beginning lineup. Final season, Ruiz slashed .222/.286/.427 in 54 video games for Baltimore.
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