ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay All-Star shortstop Wander Franco was positioned on administrative go away by way of June 1 below…

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay All-Star shortstop Wander Franco was positioned on administrative go away by way of June 1 below an settlement between Major League Baseball and the gamers’ affiliation whereas the investigation continues in an alleged relationship with a minor.

Administrative go away is just not disciplinary below the game’s joint home violence, sexual assault and youngster abuse coverage, and a participant continues to be paid. Franco, who has a $2 million wage this yr, has remained in his native Dominican Republic whereas authorities there examine and didn’t report back to spring coaching.

The Rays open the season Thursday towards Toronto, forcing MLB and the union to decide on Franco’s roster standing.

Franco has not performed since Aug. 12. He was placed on the restricted list for a week on Aug. 14 whereas MLB launched an investigation following social media posts suggesting Franco was in a relationship with a minor. The AP has not been in a position to confirm the reported posts.

Franco was moved to administrative leave on Aug. 22 and remained there by way of the top of the season. There isn’t any go away throughout the offseason.

MLB is prone to wait till the Dominican investigation is concluded earlier than deciding whether or not there can be any self-discipline.

Originally accused of business and sexual exploitation and cash laundering — prices that carry as much as 30 years, 10 years and 20 years of jail respectively — Franco stands accused as a substitute of sexual and psychological abuse, in accordance with a choose’s decision that The Associated Press obtained in January.

Franco had not been formally accused, but when discovered responsible on the brand new cost, he may face between two to 5 years in jail.

Franco, who turned 23 on March 1, was within the midst of his third main league season when his profession was halted and was hitting .281 with 17 homers, 58 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 40 makes an attempt over 112 video games.

Franco agreed to a $182 million, 11-year contract in November 2021.

He earned $706,761 final yr along with his wage as a part of MLB’s pre-arbitration bonus pool, a fund agreed to by the league and gamers’ affiliation as a part of their 2022 labor contract. The bonus pool was created to reward younger gamers, most who earn at or simply above the minimal main league wage based mostly on how lengthy they’ve been within the huge leagues.



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