Apr 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT
As first reported by beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Reds traded corner infielder Juan Francisco to the Braves on Sunday morning for right-handed starter J.J. Hoover.
Francisco struggled to find consistent playing time over the past few years in Cincinnati because he’s not a great defender at third base and the Reds have one of the best players in baseball covering first.
But the powerful 24-year-old Dominican has batted .304/.337/.559 with 38 home runs, 52 doubles and 128 RBI in 173 career games at the Triple-A level and could be a useful fill-in at the hot corner early this year for Atlanta.
Chipper Jones is out for the first couple weeks of the regular season following minor knee surgery.
Hoover, who is also 24 years old, posted a 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 117/40 K/BB ratio in 105 2/3 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A. He was a 10th-round selection in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.
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