Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly is reporting that Franco told him that the Phillies plan to have him primarily play first base in 2014. He will still get work at third base as well.
Most people assumed the move to 1B was an eventuality, but it appears the move is being accelerated by big league club needs. Cody Asche projects somewhere around major league regular at third base and is a better defender than Franco. Meanwhile at first base Ryan Howard continues to decline and has missed significant time the past two seasons. This does hurt Franco’s value some, but for the most part his value is tied up in his bat, which should play at first base.
Seidman had more comments from Jordan and Amaro stating it will be more of a split