Local authorities in the Dominican Republic carried out raids on two homes in search of Tampa Bay Rays wonder Franco, according to Report from the Dominican newspaper Listin Diario.
Authorities are searching for Franco, 22, after he allegedly had a relationship with a minor. The Santo Domingo Public Prosecutor’s Office for Children and Adolescents raided the home of Franco’s mother in Palo Blanco, as well as the shortstop’s home in Vila Real. Police were unable to locate Franco.
The report did not say whether Franco was an active fugitive.
The accusations surrounding Franco date back to August when he was MLB The investigation began Social media posts about alleged inappropriate involvement with a minor. X-rays Franco put On the restricted list on August 14; MLB then Move it to be placed on paid administrative leave on August 22 after the launch of a formal investigation by Dominican authorities. The Rays have since placed him back on the active roster because administrative leave is not available during the offseason.
“We support Major League Baseball’s decision to place Wonder Franco on administrative leave,” the Rays’ statement read. on time From an MLB announcement. “The Tampa Bay Rays are dedicated to upholding high standards of integrity on and off the field. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our fans and supporters as this process evolves. We will have no further statements on this matter until MLB completes its process.
The third-year major leaguer made his first All-Star game in 2023 with a .281 batting average, 17 home runs, 58 RBI, 30 stolen bases, and a career-high .819 OPS. Franco signed an 11-year contract with the Rays in November 2021, worth $182 million. Guaranteed money. If the investigation continues, x-rays are likely Seeking acquisition From Franco’s contract.
According to Tampa Bay.com. Franco denied these accusations in August. “They say I’m in public with a little girl, and I’m running with a minor,” Franco said in August, according to the outlet.
“People don’t know what to do with their time. They don’t know what to talk about. “That’s why I prefer to be on my side and not get involved with anyone… because people gossip and talk loudly.”