EX-PHIL MAIKEL FRANCO HEADS TO JAPAN!

By Martin Barker

Ex-Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

Franco will attempt to revive his career overseas in Japan next season following a pair of dismal offensive campaigns with the Orioles and Nationals.

The 30-year-old former top prospect never quite put it together consistently at the highest level and departs with a pedestrian .244/.293/.414 triple-slash line with 130 homers in 3,573 plate appearances (923 games) in the majors since 2014.

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