CLEARWATER, Fla. — Maikel Franco followed the endless and usually mind-numbing speculation the previous month or two from the Dominican Republic.

Franco knows that can appear at Spectrum Field at any moment. Him entertained before Christmas just at Citizens Bank Park. They have made him. Franco additionally knows he can be traded , if he is signed by .

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Maikel Franco followed the endless and usually mind-numbing speculation the previous month or two from the Dominican Republic.

Franco knows that can appear at Spectrum Field at any moment. Him entertained before Christmas just at Citizens Bank Park. They have made him. Franco additionally knows he can be traded , if he is signed by .

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“I’ve heard a lot about it, however I’m not even considering it,” Franco said. “I only think about what I must do, what I need to improve, what I must do in order to get better. I just try to be far from it and do my job.

“I know they discuss trading me along with matters such as this, but I’m happy to be here with my guys, and that’s a good thing.”

Even if Machado signs elsewhere, Franco has a battle on his fingers on. It is an intriguing matchup considering Franco hit .270 with 22 home runs, 68 RBIs and also a .780 OPS in 2018, making it that his most productive season since’15, while Kingery hit .226 with eight homers, 35 RBIs and also a .605 OPS as a rookie.

However, Kingery is loved by , also he needs to play somewhere. With at shortstop, Cesar Hernandez at 2nd base and the outfield packed, third base is Kingery’s best alternative for playing time.

“He clarified ,” Franco said concerning Kapler. “I understand the situation.”

Video: [email protected]: Franco utilizes bare hand to retire Eaton in 3rd

Still another intriguing thing is that whilst doesn’t call Franco the third baseman, they also seem cool on the thought of earning an individual like complimentary representative Mike Moustakas to play third base, if they are unable to sign Machado. mightn’t consider Moustakas a clear upgrade over Franco, Moustakas appears to be a player and is known as a clubhouse presence, but.

So 2019 could be some combination of Franco and Kingery or Machado at third base.

“We have got some great alternatives,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. “I presume one of the matters concerning Franco specifically that you’ve heard me say, and I will continue to state this , is that he’s still very young. He — out of an aging curve perspective. We saw that in flashes last year, where he was carrying a .900 OPS for a considerable stretch of time. And now with that said, we also know the repetitions we and how strongly we rely on Scott Kingery with the contract he was given by us gave him that which he did so off season along with his work ethic and last year. We think we’ve two quite great options on the market.”

Franco said he arrived at camp at 225 pounds, roughly 10 pounds lighter than last season.

“I’m prompted,” Franco said. “My head is 100 percent ready. I know what I must do and I could help the team.”

Video: [email protected]: Franco hammers a 2-run dinger to left field

Franco additionally worked on a leg kick in the off season, which this spring, he intends to carry into matches. It has worked for and also others. Maybe it unlocks Franco’s potential, too.

“It is going to soon be a beautiful thing,” Franco said. “I worked a lot, and I know it helps my balance and leadership. That is what I’m searching for as a hitter, stay balanced and induce the ball which I want to operate a vehicle .”

Of course if sign Machado in the weeks or days?

“I can’t control this,” Franco said. “I simply try to be me and do my work and become ready, and whatever happens happens.”

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