An inquiry is underway in the Dominican Republic regarding Wander Franco, the prominent shortstop for the Rays, in connection with an alleged involvement with a minor.
Initiated earlier this week, the investigation stems from circulating rumors on social media that suggest Franco’s engagement in an inappropriate relationship with an underage individual. Responding to these allegations, MLB took action by commencing its own inquiry on Sunday.
Merely a few days into the investigation, a fresh report has surfaced, raising uncertainties about Franco’s future in baseball. As per baseball insider Héctor Gómez’s disclosure on Tuesday morning, a source with close ties to the situation indicates that the prospects of Wander Franco resuming his career in MLB appear dim. The ongoing investigations, which appear to implicate him directly in relation to the charges, have led to this assessment.
Franco played in 112 games for Tampa Bay this season, batting .281 with 17 home runs, 58 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He was also named to his first All-Star team.