Wander Franco, the embattled shortstop for the Rays, has been placed on administrative leave “until further notice” while MLB looks into allegations of allegedly having improper ties with minors.
According to a statement from MLB, an agreement was reached with the MLBPA.
“The administrative leave, effective immediately, is not disciplinary under the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy,” MLB stated in the statement.
The Rays declared in a statement that they agree with MLB’s choice.
According to the Tamp Bay Times, the statement added, “We support Major League Baseball’s decision to place Wander Franco on Administration Leave. High standards of honesty are something that the Tampa Bay Rays are committed to sustaining both on and off the pitch. We are grateful for our supporters’ patience and understanding.”
Franco is married to a 21-year-old woman named Rachelly Paulino. The couple who share two sons together, reportedly married after Franco’s 2021 season.
Wander Franco wouldn’t just be excluded from future contracts if he is found guilty by the MLB and the Tampa Bay Rays. His current contract, which is for $182 million over 11 seasons, could be voided as well. This was the largest contract ever handed out by the Rays.
As of 2023, Wander Franco’s approximate net worth reaches $5 million.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that officials in the Dominican Republic are looking into Franco in relation to a possible relationship with a child. The office of the attorney general attested to this.
In a recent development, images that appear to show Franco in the same area as the young teen in question have surfaced. He apparently looked to be kissing the accused minor at the time the pictures were taken.