The Tampa Bay Rays traded Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Enderson Franco to the Miami Marlins for an international bonus slot valued at approximately $500,000, the team announced Friday.
Franco went 5-6 with a 3.89 ERA, 47 strikeouts and eight walks in 71.2 IP for the Hot Rods this year. He gave up seven runs in four innings in his last start, against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Wednesday. His previous start (on June 25) was much better, a no-decision in which he gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings against the Dayton Dragons. I was at the latter game in Bowling Green; you can read my account and see photos from the game here.
Cubs trade Lopez for Rondon
The Chicago Cubs traded catcher Rafael Lopez to the Los Angeles Angels for LHP Manny Rondon and international signing-bonus money Friday.
Lopez is a former Midwest League player, and Rondon may be a future one. Lopez batted .265 with 12 RBI in 31 games with the 2012 Peoria Chiefs. Rondon currently is a rookie-league player, which means he could be assigned to the South Bend Cubs if he is assigned to Low-A in the future.
Bour homers in 4th straight game
Former Chiefs first baseman Justin Bour has homered in four consecutive games for the Marlins. He batted .291 with 12 HR and 87 RBI in 127 games with the 2010 Chiefs.