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Franco Designated for Assignment

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Update: According to O'Brien's article, Franco has indicated that he will stay with the Braves if another team does not claim him off waivers. Not too surprising, his heart always seemed to be with the Braves. I do find it funny that he left the Braves for the Mets because they guaranteed him a two-year deal, and in the second year of the deal he ended up with Atlanta. Yesterday, Chad Paronto was optioned to triple-A Richmond following the flurry of moves at the deadline. The move opened up a spot for Mark Teixeira, who was available to play last night, but the team still needed to find spots for relievers Octavio Dotel and Ron Mahay before tonight's game against the Astros. Dave O'Brien of AJC is reporting that Julio Franco has been designated for assignment and Jose Ascanio has been optioned back to the minors. The latter of the moves was expected but I must say I am a little surprised at Franco. Most people expected the team to DFA Scott Thorman rather than move Franco, who seems to have found his stroke with a .250 average since becoming a Brave. I would be surprised to see anyone claim him with his performance as a whole over the season and to see the Braves use him as a player-coach, much like what happened with Eddie Perez, wouldn't be surprising. Most people think Franco has a future in coaching and this would get him started in the Braves organization. I guess the team just wasn't ready to give up on Thorman's bat.

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