With the deadline to offer deals to arbitration-eligible players approaching, the Phillies have shipped outfielder Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays for minor league left-hander Frank Gailey, who was 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA between Single and Double-A last season. It appears the 25-year-old, 5-9 local product Archbishop Carroll and West Chester University does not need protection on the 40-man roster and is not considered a top prospect. Francisco, who hit .244/.340/.364 with six homers but only three RBIs after the All-Star break, was a strong candidate to be non-tendered tonight. The 30-year-old outfielder earned $1.175 million last season through the arbitration process.
Francisco fine for what he was: "For being a guy who essentially was a throw-in from the Lee trade and was statistically an average offensive player (.259/.332/.420 with 17 HRs in 594 career ABs with the Phils; 101 OPS+), Francisco was generally a guy I thought got an undue share of criticism and even boos, especially last year. Yeah, he flopped as a starter in right and his career numbers in the postseason in a Phils' uniform were pretty underwhelming but he what do people expect from what is basically an average 4th outfielder?" - MG