Phillies send Francisco to Toronto
December 12, 2011
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The Phillies recent moves in the outfield squashed Ben Francisco further and further down the totem poll.
With it still understood the Phillies aren’t done signing position players, the Phillies have traded Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Frank Gailey.
Gailey was born in Philadelphia and drafted by the Blue Jays in the 23rd round of the 2007 amateur draft.
The 26-year-old has never made it to the big leagues, making it as high as Double-A ball last season. Last season he was 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA and 61 strike outs in 74 innings.
In two and a half major league seasons with the Phillies, Francisco batted .259 with 17 homers and 75 RBIs. He was the opening day starter in right field last season for the Phillies but the emergence of John Mayberry, Jr and the trade for Hunter Pence immediately made Francisco’s value seem replaceable to the Phils.
Francisco’s biggest shining moment in red pinstripes came during Game 3 of the NLDS last October. His three-run pinch-hit homer off Jaime Garcia gave the Phils a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 win and 2-1 series lead against the eventual champion St. Louis Cardinals.