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Huff activated, Francisco designated for assignment

After claiming LHP David Huff off waivers from the Indians last week, the Ben Francisco era in the Bronx is officially over, as the 31-year-old outfielder has been designated for assignment. Huff was activated before this afternoon’s game. Francisco was signed mid-way through spring training with hopes of being part of the outfield mix in filling in for the injured Curtis Granderson...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Pinkie Down: Is this season a crude joke by the baseball gods to keep Ben Francisco on the Yankee roster?

What attracts a bean ball, Right upon the screw, Impact on the pinkie, With the knuckle black and blue,The Grandy Man, Oh, the Grandy Man’s hand.The Grandy Man’s hand, 'Cause we need another chanceTo make Ichiro look good. Listen: One could argue that over the last two years, there has been no darker Yankee nightmare than the continuing regression of Mr. Curtis Granderson...

A philosophical question each of us must address regarding the looming Yankee apocalypse

Which sign along the road to Stump, Maryland, represents a deeper, more Stygian future Yankee darkness? Think carefully:1. Ben Francisco batting second.2. Ben Francisco playing as DH.Listen: I have no personal axe to grind with Ben Francisco. He's probably a lovely man. But when the Retrieval Empire  added him, I foresaw his role as a defensive OF, a demon on the paths and a...
April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 18: Francisco doubles in debut

Philadelphia Phillies 2 — New York Yankees 6   Andy Pettitte and Ben Francisco made their Spring debut for the Yankees in tonight’s 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.   Ben Francisco was recently acquired by the Yankees and made his first start in the outfield tonight, competing for a job on Opening Day. The first pitch Francisco saw in the 1st inning was driven to center...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
March 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees sign OF Ben Francisco

Ben Francisco will compete for an OF spot. (Photo credit: The list of guys  competing for the vacant outfield spot left by Curtis Granderson just got longer, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yanks have signed Ben Francisco to a minor league contract. Francisco, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians in January before getting...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Francisco asks for release from Indians then signs with Yankees

Outfielder Ben Francisco was released by the Cleveland Indians on Monday. A few hours later he was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Yankees. Francisco asked for his release from the Indians in order to pursue a better opportunity. That opportunity will be in New York where he should take over as part off the Yankees solution in left field while Curtis Granderson...
March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays acquire OF Ben Francisco from Astros

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston outfielder Ben Francisco has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named. The 30-year-old Francisco came to Houston in a trade with Toronto on July 20. He hit .247 with two homers and five RBIs in 31 games for the Astros. He has a .258 average with 47 homers and 181 RBIs his six-year career with Cleveland, Philadelphia and Toronto.
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Phillies trade Francisco to Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Frank Gailey. The teams announced the deal Monday. The 30-year-old Francisco hit .244 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 100 games for the Phillies this past season. Over parts of five major league seasons with Cleveland and Philadelphia, he's batted .260 with 45 home runs and...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Trade Francisco to Blue Jays for Local Product

Ben Fran is off to Toronto.Ben Fran is no more. The Phillies have dealt him north of the border. Here is the announcement from the Phillies:Outfielder Ben Francisco was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Frank Gailey, the Phillies announced today.Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between single-A Dunedin and double-A New Hampshire...
Via Phillies Nation
December 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Storyline: What To Expect Next From Amaro

Jonathan Papelbon agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies, pending his physical. How does his signing impact Jimmy Rollins, Roy Oswalt, Brad Lidge and Michael Cuddyer? This is the third top-tier name with the same approach, and that indicates what you can expect and when during this off-season. Tal's Handy Caps: I will do a monthly Baseball-Fix Monday for November (2 parts...
November 13, 2011  |  Discuss
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