The Nationals lost Anthony Rendon to the Angels almost a week ago to the day and have yet to find his replacement in free agency.
They continue to be connected to Josh Donaldson and Mike Rizzo confirmed their interest at Stephen Strasburg's press conference, but one of their reported contingency plans has signed elsewhere.
According to Jeff Passan, Maikel Franco has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Royals and is expected to be their everyday third baseman.
Last season, Franco posted a .234/.297/.409 slash line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI. The Phillies decided to non-tender their former top prospect despite their need at third base, so that should tell you plenty about how they felt about his production.
The Nationals were reportedly interested in the ex-Phillie and Starlin Castro as potential backup plans at third if they are unable to bring in Donaldson.
Castro remains unsigned, and after him, there's Asdrubal Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Jedd Gyorko if the Nats can't bring Donaldson's big bat to DC.
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