By Sam Bush

Okay, the Maikel Franco era is over:

The Phillies cut ties with the talented but erratic third baseman early this week.

He never quite panned out even, as ESPN has pointed out, he had those two days at Yankee Stadium in 2015 when he hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs.

The Phillies need some pitching, but they also need some hitting. They were 11th in the NL in OBP, ninth in batting average and ninth in slugging.

Josh Donaldson is a beast and improves their defense. And they will still have funds left over to address the rotation via free agency.