It’s only 10am, but hang with me here. Jeff Francoeur just appeared on the “Boomer & Carton Show” on WFAN in New York and he unveiled an interesting strategy to get Mike Pelfrey to step up his intensity this season:
“I think what I’m going to do before each start is just go up and just
punch him in the face.“
Knowing Frenchy, he would probably just swing and miss, only to punch Jose Reyes in the thyroid, so a pinch-hitter is probably in order here.
(Thanks for MetsBlog for the heads up)
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.
Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.
Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.
Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.