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The Indians sign Ben Francisco to a minor league deal

Jan 21, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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Ben Francisco was drafted by the Indians in 2002, played in their system and on the big club through 2009 and then was cast out into the cold, cold non-Ohio world. After tours through Philly, Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay, with those last three teams all employing him during the 2012 season.  He has returned home, however, as the Indians have signed the outfielder to a minor league deal. Well, to his professional home. Dude is form California.

He’s 31 now, and has a career line of .257/.326/.455 with 49 homers in 1,721 career plate appearances. Given how well the organization knows him and given how thin the Indians’ outfield is, he stands a pretty good chance of finding a big league job this year.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Welcome “home” Ben, glad to have you back.

  2. julieradon - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    poop what more can be said about him

  3. joeyfalco - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I heard Ben Brussard is making a comeback too! Maybe we can round up Ryan Garko, Richie Sexton, and Andy Marte and morph them all into one sub par super AAAA Player! Roll Tribe!

  4. mazblast - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Come on, someone say it–

    “If he wants a big league job, why’d he sign with Cleveland?”

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