The Dominican shortstop Wander franco and the Tampa Bay Rays reached a $ 223 million, 12-year deal. Franco rose to the majors mid-season, debuted with a home run, played 70 games and finished with a .288 average.
He hit 81 hits in 281 official at-bats, with 18 doubles, five triples and seven home runs. He signed in the July-2 class of 2017 for $ 3,825,000 as a free agent.
The 20-year-old had 43 straight games on base, tying the record for Frank Robinson for players under 21 years of age.
He was rhymed by the Tampa organization on July 2, 2017, made his professional debut in 2018 with the Princeton Rays. On July 14, 2018, Franco hit for the cycle while playing for Princeton, in 2018, at just 17 years old.
Franco was named Appalachian League Player of the Year in 2018 after hitting (.374 / .445 / .636) with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs in 245 plate appearances. the Princeton Rays.
On July 14, 2018, he showed his stamp when he hit for the cycle (home run, triple, double and single), while playing for Princeton.
The agreement with Franco is one of the most lucrative deals in the history of the Rays, which shows the confidence they have in the Dominican, who is coming off shining in the 2021 Major League season.
When he made his debut, he became the 830th Dominican player to reach the majors, not including those who participated in the Negro League.