Royals Sign 3rd Baseman Maikel Franco To A One-Year Deal


KANSAS CITY, MO (December 27, 2019) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed third baseman Maikel Franco (pronounced: MY-kehl) to a one-year Major League contract. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Franco, 27, played in 123 games with Philadelphia last season, batting .234 with 17 doubles, 17 homers and 56 RBI. His 19 intentional walks were second most in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (21). The right-handed hitter got off to a fast start, slugging seven home runs and collecting 25 RBI in his first 30 games (through May 1). During that stretch, he struck out just 12 times, which included a season-best 38 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout (March 31-April 10).

Franco has spent the last six seasons (2014-19) with the Phillies, after making his Major League debut on Sept. 2, 2014. He hit 20+ home runs in three-straight seasons (2016-18), which included a career-high 25 in 2016. Franco totaled 71 roundtrippers in that span, which tied with Javier Báez and Jay Bruce for 18th most in the National League. In 2018, he was the only player to hit 20 or more homers and strike out fewer than 62 times.

A native of Azua, Dominican Republic, Franco was originally signed by Philadelphia as an international free agent on January 13, 2010.

Following today’s transaction, the Royals have 40 players on their Major League reserve list.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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