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Hardball Talk has its own Twitter feed, which tweets links to every post throughout the day: @HardballTalk

You can also follow the individual Hardball Talk writers on Twitter for links, short-form analysis, heavy doses of snark, and all kinds of random stuff you may or may not care about:

Craig Calcaterra – @CraigCalcaterra
Aaron Gleeman – @AaronGleeman
D.J. Short – @DJShort
Drew Silva – @DrewSilv
Matthew Pouliot – @MatthewPouliot
Bob Harkins – @BHarks

What we lack in creative Twitter account names we more than make up for in raw sex appeal.

Report: Giants showed some interest in Phillies’ Maikel Franco at Winter Meetings

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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.