Tampa Bay Rays to sign shortstop Wander Franco to multi-year deal


The Tampa Bay Rays are set to sign shortstop Wander Franco to a massive, multi-year contract extension.

According to reports, the 20-year-old Franco will receive a guaranteed 11 years and $182 million. There is a club option for the final year, and Franco will reportedly receive contract escalators “based on MVP finishes.” The deal is worth a maximum of $223 million.

Franco made his MLB debut in 2021 after being widely regarded as the top prospect in baseball. The switch-hitting shortstop posted an .810 OPS in 70 games this season, adding seven homers and 53 runs. Franco notched two home runs in four postseason games as the Rays lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS.

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