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Former Phillies 3B Maikel Franco Drawing Free-Agent Interest

Free-agent 3B Maikel Franco, who played more than 650 games for the Phillies over the past six seasons, is reportedly drawing interest from an AL West team. It didn’t take long for the Phillies to find their replacements for their recently non-tendered, and then-longest-tenured players, infielders Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez. The Phillies reunited manager […] Former Phillies 3B Maikel Franco Drawing Free-Agent Interest - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Dec 6, 2019

Philadelphia Phillies third base options to fill void

The Philadelphia Phillies made their rotation stronger by adding Zack Wheeler, but they now need to fill the third base position this winter. Maikel Franco never worked out with the Philadelphia Phillies, and after non-tendering him on Monday they need to fill that void through trade or the free-agent market (which is more likely). One […] Philadelphia Phillies third base options to fill void - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
www.thegoodphight.com Dec 3, 2019
Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez: Icons of a forgettable era

Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez: Icons of a forgettable era

There were some good times for both Franco and Hernandez along the way | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Farewell to a couple of guys who played a lot of innings for some bad teams Next year at this time, when we’re assuredly celebrating the first of many consecutive playoff seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, we may take a look back at the sad years between 2012 and 2019 to remind ourselves how good we have it. When scanning those rosters, we may come across the names Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez and remember that those were the types of players that routinely saw a lot of...
That Balls Outta Here Dec 2, 2019

Phillies Part Ways with Infielders Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez

Two of the Phillies’ longest-tenured players, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez, have been non-tendered, thus making them free-agents. After much speculation, the Philadelphia Phillies’ two longest tenured players will officially not return for another season under new manager Joe Girardi. Monday evening, the club declined to tender contracts to third baseman Maikel Franco and second […] Phillies Part Ways with Infielders Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hernandez, Franco Hit Free Agency as Phillies Move On

The Phillies parted ways with infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco
That Balls Outta Here Dec 2, 2019

Phillies Claim RHP Trevor Kelley Off Waivers from Red Sox

The Phillies have made their third pitching acquisition this offseason, as on Monday they claimed right-handed reliever Trevor Kelley from the Red Sox. Just hours before the Philadelphia Phillies decide the fate of their non-tender candidates Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez, among others, the club has made another roster transaction. RELATED | Phillies likely to non-tender Cesar […] Phillies Claim RHP Trevor Kelley Off Waivers from Red Sox - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Phillies Infielders Franco and Hernandez Could Depart

The Phillies could let both third baseman Maikel Franco and second baseman Cesar Hernandez go instead of tendering them a contract on Monday.
Phillies could cut ties with veterans Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco

Phillies could cut ties with veterans Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco

Monday night marks the deadline for clubs to offer contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration, and the Phillies have nine such players on their current roster, including Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco.Hernandez is projected to earn nearly $12 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. After putting up a pair of outstanding seasons in 2016 and 2017, he's posted an OPS+ of 93 since and is hitting just .266 with a .730 OPS. Scott Kingery and Jean Segura can each play second base, meaning Hernandez is expendable. Plus, the Phillies can potentially take the projected $12...
That Balls Outta Here Dec 1, 2019

Phillies likely to non-tender Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco

The Phillies two longest tenured players are likely to be gone this week. The Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco era’s are likely to end on Dec. 2 with the Phillies non-tendering both infielders, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required). Rosenthal says the Phillies infield is “set for an overhaul” with Franco and […] Phillies likely to non-tender Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
That Balls Outta Here Nov 29, 2019

3 Players Phillies Have Most Recently Non-Tendered Contracts

Since 2012, the Phillies have non-tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players; Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez could soon join that list. As Thanksgiving has come and gone, the next important date of the Major League Baseball offseason is just days away: Monday’s 8 p.m. deadline for clubs to decide whether to “non-tender” their arbitration-eligible players. […] 3 Players Phillies Have Most Recently Non-Tendered Contracts - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
That Balls Outta Here Nov 28, 2019

Phillies Could Reunite with Former Prospect Jonathan Villar

The Phillies could reunite with infielder Jonathan Villar, one of their former prospects dealt to the Houston Astros for Roy Oswalt in July 2010. It’s no secret that the Phillies are considering to overhaul at least half of their infield this offseason, considering third baseman Maikel Franco and second baseman Cesar Hernandez are likely to […] Phillies Could Reunite with Former Prospect Jonathan Villar - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
That Balls Outta Here Nov 24, 2019

Phillies mock trade: Maikel Franco to the Detroit Tigers

It’s time for the Phillies to move on from Maikel Franco. After six seasons of monumental highs and devastating lows, the Phillies are expected to trade Maikel Franco this offseason. Philadelphia hasn’t had a permanent fixture at third base since trading Scott Rolen in 2002, and Franco is now another piece of the puzzle that […] Phillies mock trade: Maikel Franco to the Detroit Tigers - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
That Balls Outta Here Nov 17, 2019

3 Reasons Why Mike Moustakas Would Be Good Fit for Phillies

There are many reasons why the Phillies signing third baseman Mike Moustakas this offseason, over Anthony Rendon or Josh Donaldson, would make sense. The Philadelphia Phillies moving on from third baseman Maikel Franco, after six seasons with the team in which he slugged 102 home runs, 343 RBI and a .249/.302/.431 slash over 656 games, […] 3 Reasons Why Mike Moustakas Would Be Good Fit for Phillies - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
That Balls Outta Here Nov 15, 2019

Phillies: Who’s going to play third base in 2020?

The Phillies have a hole to fill at third base that’s been open for too long. At the closing of the 2019 season, third base remained a mystery in terms of who’s going to hold down the fort at the hot corner next season for the Phillies. Could it be the once-heralded Maikel Franco, who […] Phillies: Who’s going to play third base in 2020? - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
www.thegoodphight.com Nov 14, 2019
It looks like the end of the road for Maikel Franco and the Phillies

It looks like the end of the road for Maikel Franco and the Phillies

Photo by Rich Schultz/ It looks like the end of the line has finally come The numbers .234/.297/.409, 428 PA, 17 HR, 56 RBI, 8.4 BB%, 14.3 K%, -0.5 fWAR The good Where do we even begin? Was there anything good about the year? To be quite honest, I can’t think of one defining moment of Franco’s from this season. Let’s look through his game log for 2019. I see a 2.070 OPS after four games. That’s good! I see a 1.014 OPS after sixteen games, very good indeed. Now that I think back, I remember a lot of “best #8 hitter in baseball tweets” from those days. Let’s fire up the...

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