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Ben Francisco signs with Yankees after being released by Indians

Mar 11, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE: That was quick. Less than three hours after the Indians released him Francisco has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Seems like a good fit with Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira out.

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Cleveland has released outfielder Ben Francisco, who signed a minor-league deal with the Indians in January and was competing for a bench job.

Early in his career Francisco was a productive regular, hitting .263 with a .775 OPS in 1,221 plate appearances through age 28, but his OPS has dipped to .691 during the past two seasons and at age 31 he may have to work his way back to the majors with some time at Triple-A.

Francisco was originally drafted by the Indians in 2002 and got sent to the Phillies as part of the Cliff Lee trade in mid-2009, bouncing around quite a bit since then.

  1. plmathfoto - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    He should call the Mets

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      It looks as if the Yankees may have called him.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        No surprise that the Yankees actually signed him. They had a need for a player like Francisco.

  2. arrooo - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Mets were dumb enough to trade for him before, history tends to repeat itself

    • chill1184 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Francisco was never on the Mets. Try looking up facts before trolling

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/francbe01.shtml

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Francisco

  3. thesmedman - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Back to the Phillies we go…

  4. cackalackyank - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    “Mr.Cashman, please pick up line one, for Mr. Francisco’s agent”…oh wait its the digital age…

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Good call on your part! I guess that Rivera will see time a first base after all.

  5. arrooo - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I was thinking Ben Johnson, but they equally suck

  6. coryfor3 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Given health and regular playing time, he would be good and has been. He should have been handed an everyday job years ago and has pretty much missed his window of opportunity to be an everyday guy unless fortune smiles upon him. Plenty of ability there.

  7. ytownjoe - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    The Indians cut him and the Yankees signed him? Seems bass ackwards.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Yeah, Nick Swisher must be lovin it. Turns out that Nicky was exactly the player the Yankees needed. (As of right now anyway)

  8. deep64blue - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Crazy thing about that Phillies / Indians trade was that the Phils win it even if Lee hadn’t been included!!

  9. xmatt0926x - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Ben’s a really nice guy. He has a sweet uppercut swing from the right side and every great once in a while the bat actually connects with the ball and it’s a thing of beauty and you think of how great it would be if that could just happen on a more consistent basis. It never does. He’s fools gold.

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