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Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 1:18 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The Phillies have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor-league pitcher Frank Gailey, the Phillies announced Monday.

Francisco, 30, hit .244 with 10 doubles, six home runs and a .704 OPS in 293 plate appearances, serving as a backup outfielder for the NL East champions. He came through with a huge three-run home run, which ended up being the game-winner, in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.

After having acquired Laynce Nix, the Phillies didn't have much more use for Francisco. Aside from All-Star outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, the Phillies also have John Mayberry, Nix and Domonic Brown.

As for the Blue Jays, they now have a pretty crowded outfield -- assuming no more trades are in the works. In addition to 2010-11 MVP candidate Jose Bautista, Eric Thames, Colby Rasmus, Travis Snider, Rajai Davis and Francisco could all figure in the mix.

Gailey is a 26-year-old left-hander. He went 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 74 innings across both High-A and Double-A. At that age and in that level of the minors, he's obviously just organizational depth for the Phillies.

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

Also, since the article mentions Podsednik, whatever went wrong with him?  He was an exciting player when he came up and had a good year or so with Milwaukee four or so years ago, but then he got traded and has bounced around from organization to organization (White Sox, Rockies, Dodgers, Blue Jays, and I may have missed one or two others).  I wonder what happened? 

Anyway, I can't see how he'd make the Phillies club in spring training barring injuries.  Aside from the fact that he hits lefthanded (which Francisco didn't), which I don't think would make a huge difference, the outfield would be just as crowded as it was before.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

I agree with Argo.  Sad to see him go for sentamental reasons, but not for practical ones.  I always hoped he'd come alive and compeat for more playing time, but it just didn't happen.  So they moved him on and will try to get lucky elsewhere.  I always have a soft spot for former Phils, no matter how brief.  OK, maybe not ALWAYS.




Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

This is a very minor trade.  Francisco will get very little playing time if any.  Toronto's OF is almost as loaded as the Phillies, especially as Gose made giant strides last season.  One or more of Thames/Snider/Davis/Francisco will be either traded in a package for pitching help or non-tendered.  Bautista will remain in RF.  Lawrie surprised everyone with the strength of his defence at 3B.  That's his position.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

'bye, Ben.

I'm sort of sorry to see him go, though it was inevitable one way or another, as the Phils' bench was getting too crowded. He was a decent fill-in, though never really every-day caliber. I'm glad he had his big moment for us in the playoffs (Game 3), when he turned around a game that I'd thought was down the drain. Too bad the rest of the club couldn't follow up in the remaining games of the series.




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

I like Lawrie better at 2B.  It increases his fantasy value.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

No, Brett Lawrie does ...



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

Bautista plays 3rd now...


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