Outfielder Ben Francisco has avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year contract, the Phillies announced this afternoon. The contract includes performance and awards bonuses.
(From Beerleaguer's news services) Francisco, 29, hit .268/.327/.441 with six homers and eight stolen bases in 197 plate appearances last season, ending the year strong while making only 28 starts total (17 in left, 10 in right and one in center field). As a pinch hitter, he hit .282 (11-39) with three doubles and seven RBIs. Acquired from the Indians in the six-player trade that included left-hander Cliff Lee, Francisco is a .263/.329/.446 career hitter. He is the leading candidate to pick up most of the playing time in right field following Jayson Werth's exodus. Kyle Kendrick is the Phillies' only other arbitration-eligible player and remains unsigned.