Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/1/12
The Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder Juan Francisco from the Cincinnati Reds in return for right-handed pitcher J.J. Hoover.

Francisco, who hit .258 BA with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 31 games last season, has struggled in the field at third base and didn’t make any friends this spring when he showed up at Reds training camp overweight.

The 24 year old has had success at the Triple-A level, hitting .304 BA with 38 home runs in 172 games in the minors. He is expected to hold down third for the first couple weeks of the season until veteran Chipper Jones returns from minor knee surgery.

Hoover, a 10th-round selection in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, has posted a 2.64 ERA in 105 2-3 innings of work split between Triple-A and Double-A action last season.
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