The Philadelphia Phillies deal Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 12 December 2011 at 6:11 pm

The Phillies have dealt 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays for 26-year old lefty reliever Frank Gailey. Francisco played in 100 games for the Phillies last year and he was 61 of 250 (.244 avg, .704 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers, 34 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played in 225 games in his three years with the Phillies and he was 136 of 526 (.259 avg, .752 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 17 homers, 75 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. The Phillies should have no problem replacing Francisco as they have a lot of depth in the outfield right now. Frank Gailey pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball last year for the Blue Jays and he was 5-6 with 2 saves, a 3.41 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He has now pitched in 175 games (1 start) in his first five years in the minors and he is 23-15 with 5 saves, a 2.45 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Gailey has given up 245 hits while whiffing 293 batters in his first 304 1/3 innings in the minors and he has only walked 69 batters, so he has been impressive. Still, he hasn’t advanced much in the minors, so chances are he won’t help the Phillies any time soon.

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