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John Franco | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (57) / 9/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: St. John's
Drafted: 1981 / Rd. 5 (0) / LA

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Astros requested waivers on LHP John Franco for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
Franco, who was designated for assignment four days ago, is hoping to get picked up by another team. Wed, Jul 6, 2005 06:19:00 PM
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Astros designated LHP John Franco for assignment.

Franco gave up three runs last night to push his ERA back up to 7.20. Lefties were hitting .310 against him and righties were at .400. Maybe he'll be able to find work if he wants it, but he seems to be done.
Sat, Jul 2, 2005 07:36:00 PM

John Franco has been out with an upper respiratory infection was available to pitch yesterday.

He'd been out since Wednesday, but the fact he's back doesn't mean you necessarily want him in your fantasy lineup.
Mon, May 2, 2005 07:53:00 AM

John Franco gave up six runs and walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning today.

Franco was given a major league contract, but he still might be able to lose his job with a miserable spring. Of course, he does have plenty of time to bounce back.
Tue, Mar 8, 2005 08:02:00 PM

Astros signed LHP John Franco, who had been with the Mets, to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

A guaranteed deal for Franco? Even though he did successfully retire left-handers last season, he probably won't be a very good specialist for the Astros.
Sun, Jan 23, 2005 06:51:00 PM

The Astros are still talking to John Franco about a contract.

GM Tim Purpura indicated that an offer has been made. Franco would be used as a lefty specialist by Houston.
Sun, Jan 23, 2005 01:52:00 PM

The Astros are showing interest in free agent John Franco.

It's only fair. The Mets sign Carlos Beltran, and the Astros get them back by inking Franco. "He's a lefty that gets lefties out, and that's a pretty rare commodity," GM Tim Purpura said.
Thu, Jan 13, 2005 03:47:00 AM

Free agent John Franco said he's been contacted by a few teams, but he wasn't willing to name them.

The 43-year-old Franco wants to continue his career. The Mets aren't interested in bringing him back.
Sat, Nov 20, 2004 03:29:00 AM

The Mets have informed John Franco that they're not interested in re-signing him.

If Franco wants to retire, he will be offered a position with the team. However, the 44-year-old left-hander would prefer to continue his career. "Right now I've filed my free agency and three or four teams already called my agent and have expressed interest," Franco said.
Sun, Nov 7, 2004 03:12:00 PM

John Franco has been named in a federal investigation of the Bonanno crime family for allegedly providing tickets to its members in the early 1990s.

Francodoes not appear to face any criminal charges, but MLB has rules prohibiting its players from associating with organized crime members. If there's something to this, the Mets could shy away from keeping Franco in the organization. They already had little interest in bringing him back as a pitcher, but if he was ready to end his career, it was thought he would be kept as a coach.
Source: Newsday
Sat, Oct 30, 2004 03:00:00 PM

John Franco will pitch this afternoon, possibly for the last time in the majors.

The 44-year-old could retire after the season is over after a wonderful career. Mets fans and all of baseball will miss him if this is the last time he throws from the mound.
Sun, Oct 3, 2004 10:14:00 AM

John Franco, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 4, is expected to face perhaps his final batter this weekend.

Manager Art Howe intends to insert Franco against a lefty hitter this weekend at Shea as a farewell. He hasn't officially decided to retire, and has held lefthanded batters to a .164 average this season, so it's possible he could continue as a situational lefty reliever.
Tue, Sep 28, 2004 07:56:00 AM

John Franco, who has only been used once in four weeks, told the Mets they could release him if they wanted to give his spot to a younger reliever.

Franco is currently on paternity leave, due back today, but hasn't been missed. To now, the Mets haven't felt the need to honor his request.
Fri, Aug 20, 2004 06:31:00 AM

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