By Annie Ross

It takes a great reporter like the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo to dig up the news that Maikel Franco is being dangled for a trade:

Once one of the Phillies’ untouchables, the 24-year-old third baseman is more than available, according to a major league source. Franco has had a poor season, hitting .227 with eight homers and 36 RBIs. His game has really gone downhill after showing so much promise last season when he hit 25 homers and knocked in 88 runs.