Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Farewell Benny Fran

Ben Francisco has been traded to the North Pole. Okay, not really, just Toronto. The Blue Jays sent a 26 year old left-handed reliever to the Phillies in exchange. Francisco batted .259/.732 in 3 seasons in Philly. If you recall, he was the "throw-in" on the Cliff Lee/Indians trade. Interesting note- his closest comparison according to Baseball-Reference is Wes Chamberlain (my favorite non-star Phillie of all-time). He was likely to be non-tendered with the signing of Laynce Nix as 4th outfielder, so getting something for him is better than nothing.


What did we get? A Philadelphia native named Frank Gailey. His minor league numbers are stellar over 5 years- 2.45 ERA/1.03 WHIP, but he only just reached Double-A last season. He does posses excellent control- 69 BB in 304.1 IP. He might never make it to Triple-A, or he might become a LOOGY in the Majors. Who knows...

4 comments:

Bob D said...

Good idea to get another lefty for the pen, even if he is a couple years away.

Bob D said...

We will always have his last abat the Hr in the post season.

Bob D said...

And the Phillies just added Dontrelle Willis as a bullpen arm. 30years old $1million 1 year contract.

GM-Carson said...

What? Dontrelle Willis...really? Why on earth would you guarantee him a contract? He was still pretty bad last year.

At least he can hit.

This is a dumb signing.