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Braves acquire Juan Francisco from Reds for J.J. Hoover

Apr 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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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.

  1. firemarshal1 - Apr 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    A great trade for teams. The Braves get help at third base, the Reds get a middle innings relief pitcher.

  2. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage - Apr 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier have 3rd base for Reds this year and with Madson hurt, need pitchers

  3. metalhead65 - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    look for fancisco to have a all star year at 3rd base as the pitcher the reds got goes on the dl for tommy john surgery. concerns about his defense were overplayed,he did not look to bad in his brief appearance for the reds last year. he just needs playing time which he would never get under dusty.

    • joshfrancis50 - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      You are a miserable fan.

      • metalhead65 - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        better than being a miserable human being like you.

      • spudchukar - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM

        Witty Repartee.

  4. onlyidiotscommentonstories - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    metalhead65, do you watch baseball? Francisco was out of options, out of shape, and out of luck in Cincinnati. It stinks to lose the pop in his bat, but he just wasn’t good enough to make the MLB roster this year. Todd Fraizer had a great spring and is a more versatile player, he’ll be good this year. As far as him being an all star at 3rd base, he’ll be behind a guy you may have heard of, Chipper Jones. It’s hard to make an all star squad if you never play.

    Now, before you fire back, I know that Chipper is hurt, but it’s not season ending. If Francisco makes an impact, it will be after this year. If you haven’t noticed, the Reds are in win-now mode. Also, if they tried to send him to the minors he wouldn’t have cleared waivers and the Reds would have lost him for nothing. Kudos to the front office for getting something for him.

    • metalhead65 - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      in case you have not noticed the all star chipper is the all injured chipper so I would expect francisco to get alot of playing time. and yea since I have been a reds fan longer than you have been alive I think know they are in a win now mode which they should be since the young players they have will never see the field under dusty. I am happy frazier is/should be making the team but he would not be if they had thwy not gotten rid of francisco as dusty would have kept harris instead because he is a vet.

  5. mrredlegz - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Homer’s next. Nice to see the guys who obviously WANT it to make the team. Frazier has had an awesome spring. Chappy too. I liked Juan and I like Bailey, but if he can’t pitch out of the pen, it’s time to trade him off for something we can use, too.

  6. whodeytn - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    better than being a miserable human being like you.

    You’re embarrassing the rest of us Reds’ fans.

    JF showed up fatter than Cordero, which shows a complete lack of dedication, and you want Dusty to start him? He is leagues below Rolen and Frazier. Try watching some games before spouting off like a little girl.

    • metalhead65 - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      where did I say I wanted dusty to start him? I would be happy if he had just played him when rolen gets hurt again and face it it is a matter of time before that happens. and since he is a third baseman where else would he have played? as for being fat and out of shape it did not seem to stop him from hitting homers did it? and for someone who uses whodey as their screen name I would not call anyone else an embarassment.

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