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Nats reach deal with Dominican Franco

Nats reach deal with Dominican Franco

Nats reach deal with Dominican Franco

The Nationals have come to an agreement with international free agent Anderson Franco, an athletic 16-year-old who projects as a powerful right-handed hitter with a strong arm from third base. According to a baseball source, the deal is worth $900,000.

Franco, a native of the Dominican Republic, was ranked No. 16 on MLB.com's international prospects list and was the highest-ranked player still available. Thursday marked Franco's 16th birthday, the milestone that allows a team to sign him.

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Franco is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He's the first top-30 international prospect the Nationals have signed this year.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Schad. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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