MLB Reaches Decision On Wander Franco To Start 2024 Season

The Tampa Bay Rays entered opening day forging ahead with the new season without troubled shortstop Wander Franco. But what does his future hold for this season? As per an agreement between the MLB ad MLBPA, he's been placed on administrative leave at least through June 1st, which means he can continue to get paid, although he has been dropped from the Rays' 40-ma
n roster. 

Franco is being investigated in his native Dominican Republic on suspicions of breaking sexual exploitation and money laundering laws regarding his alleged relationship with a minor. He has not been formally charged yet and remains under investigation.

The 23-year-old was not at spring training for the Rays as he is unable to leave the Dominican while the case is ongoing. 

Major league baseball has also launched an investigation, but they are unlikely to make much progress until his criminal case has more clarity in the DR.

Last season, he became an All-Star and hit .281 with a career-high 17 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 58 RBIs in 112 games before the disturbing allegations came to light later in the season.

Before the 2022 campaign, the Rays signed Fraco to a $182 million, 11-year contract. His salary for 2024 is $2 million, and he will continue to be paid while on administrative leave.

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