Rays' SS Wander Franco Just Got Paid

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Tampa Bay Rays and SS Wander Franco have agreed in principle on a 12-year deal worth up $223 million and $185 million in guaranteed money.

The 20-year-old rookie played in only 70 games this season and still produced a .288 / .347 / .463 slash line with seven home runs and 39 RBIs. But what was even more impressive about Franco was that he matched the Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson’s streak of the most consecutive games (43), to reach base for a player 20 years or younger.

While the Rays aren’t known for spending this kind of money on a player that’s still under control, it’s a compelling tactic to ensure that they lock Franco up through the age of 32 when he’d still be very much in his prime.

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