With a plethora of outfielders now in the Phillies system after a few signings, Ben Francisco has been traded Toronto for Minor League relief pitcher Frank Gailey. Gailey, 26, is from Philly and has a record of 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 appearances in the minors.
Francisco had a promising spring training before the 2011 season, but his hot streak ran cold quickly. While Francisco was not consistent as a starter, the bench role did seem to suit him well. He hit .269 with 4 RBI in 2011 and .289 with 7 RBI in 2010 as a pinch hitter.
But John Mayberry Jr. clearly outplayed him this past season. And with the new additions of Scott Podsednik and Laynce Nix plus Domonic Brown on the roster, the outfield is full.
However, the Phillies seem to have some concerns about Brown’s future and they seem intent on giving him more time in the minors before they bring him up again. Brown should be major league ready by now, but the Phils do not seem convinced.
If this is true, why not trade Brown ...