PHILADELPHIA — It is the end of an era for longtime Phillies second baseman César Hernández and third baseman Maikel Franco. The Phillies cut ties with both players on Monday.
The Phillies declined to offer either player a contract before the Monday deadline for players eligible for salary arbitration, making
PHILADELPHIA — It is the end of an era for longtime Phillies second baseman
The Phillies declined to offer either player a contract before the Monday deadline for players eligible for salary arbitration, making them free agents. The Phillies and catcher
The Phillies hope to sign Realmuto to a multiyear extension.
It surprised nobody that the Phillies non-tendered Franco. Franco, 27, slashed .247/.299/.427 with an 89 OPS+ the past four seasons, according to Baseball Reference. Hernández, 29, had always been held in high regard by the Phillies’ front office because of his on-base skills, but he slashed .266/.345/.385 with a 93 OPS+ the past two seasons. He had been projected to make more than $11 million next season. It made sense for the Phillies to invest that money elsewhere. They need pitching and at least one more big bat for the lineup.
The Phillies’ infield will look much different in 2020 without Hernández and Franco. Hernández played 832 career games with the Phillies, which ranks 52nd on the franchise’s all-time list. Franco had been a highly touted prospect but never has hit consistently in the big leagues.
#Phillies maintaining contact with Josh Donaldson and Didi Gregorius reps, as today’s non-tenders of Franco and Hernández make clear their desire for major infield changes entering 2020. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 3, 2019
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Knapp, 28, slashed .213/.318/.324 in 160 plate appearances last season. He had a .518 OPS in 81 plate appearances before the All-Star break and a .760 OPS in 79 plate appearances after the break.