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  1. Yankees release Ben Francisco

    Jun 4, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Yankees

    Ben Francisco went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Yankees have released the 31-year-old outfielder. Francisco signed with the Yankees after being released by the Indians in spring training, but hit just .114 in 21 games. He was a solid part-time player early in his career, but Francisco has…

  2. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman is keeping Ben Francisco around to “piss everybody off”

    May 18, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman Getty

    The Yankees designated infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment this afternoon in order to make room for the newly-acquired Reid Brignac. Some thought that Ben Francisco‘s roster spot could be in jeopardy, as he’s hitting just .114 (5-for-44) in 21 games, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joked to reporters today that he’s keeping him around…

  3. 2013 Preview: New York Yankees

    Mar 26, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Derel Jeter

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The New York Yankees. The Big Question: Is the Jeter Dynasty over? People used to predict the end of the…

  4. Samuel Deduno completes WBC breakthrough with title game victory

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Samuel Deduno

    Yan Gomes, the only major leaguer Brazil has ever produced, opted out of the World Baseball Classic to help his chances of making the Indians. He won’t. Melky Mesa, a veteran minor leaguer in the Yankees system, was all set to be part of the Dominican Republic’s left-field committee. Then Curtis Granderson got hurt. Presented…

  5. Yankees release outfielder Matt Diaz

    Mar 17, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    matt diaz ap

    As first reported by the YES Network, the Yankees have officially cut ties with outfielder Matt Diaz, who was in camp this spring on a minor league contract. Diaz went 6-for-30 (.200/.250/.200) this year in the Grapefruit League, netting zero extra-base hits. The 35-year-old will hope to catch on with a new team that is…

  6. The Yankees sign Brennan Boesch

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    brennan boesch getty

    The Tigers released Brennan Boesch on Wednesday. I told everyone who would listen that I’d be shocked if he wasn’t playing for a New York team — either one — by the close of business Thursday. I was only a day off, it seems, as the Yankees have just signed him to a a major…

  7. Ben Francisco signs with Yankees after being released by Indians

    Mar 11, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    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. ========== Cleveland has released outfielder Ben Francisco, who signed a minor-league deal…

  8. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  9. The Indians sign Ben Francisco to a minor league deal

    Jan 21, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    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…

  10. Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…

  11. Rays acquire Ben Francisco from Astros

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    The Astros had no real use for Ben Francisco after acquiring him from the Blue Jays in last month’s 10-player deal, so they moved him right along Friday, sending him to Tampa Bay for a player to be named. Francisco played in 31 games in his six weeks with the Astros and hit .247/.289/.365 in…

  12. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

  13. Blue Jays call up Travis Snider after 10-player trade

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    snider batting getty

    All it took for Travis Snider to get another chance in Toronto was a 10-player trade. Following their big swap with the Astros this morning the Blue Jays have recalled Snider from Triple-A, where he hit .335 with 13 homers, 16 doubles, and a 1.021 OPS in 56 games. It’s worth noting that Las Vegas…

  14. The Blue Jays and Astros made a ten-player trade

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Lyon_Brandon

    It’s a special kind of trade when ten (10)(X) players change teams and Brandon Lyon is the best of the lot. But the Blue Jays and Astros did it: The Astros get: Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco plus minor leaguers Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins and Carlos Perez. They also get a player to be named later.  Man that guy gets traded a lot.…

  15. Jose Bautista leaves with injury to wrist tendon

    Jul 16, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    10:20 p.m. EDT update: The Jays announced after the game that no break was found in Bautista’s injured left wrist. Instead, he suffered an injury to a tendon and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Personally, I don’t think that qualifies as good news. If he just strained a tendon, then he could certainly return…

  16. Blue Jays place Ben Francisco on DL, call up David Cooper

    May 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Blue Jays rightfielder Ben Francisco dives for and misses a fly ball during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Ben Francisco exited yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring and today the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list while recalling first baseman David Cooper from Triple-A. Francisco has played sparingly for the Blue Jays, getting most of his starts versus left-handed pitching and hitting just .206 with a .535 OPS in 37 plate…

  17. Blue Jays pick Eric Thames in left field, send down Travis Snider

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Travis Snider performed well enough to win the Blue Jays’ starting job in left field this spring. Unfortunately for him, Eric Thames played well enough to hold on to it. Snider was sent packing Sunday despite his four homers and 16 RBI in 17 games this spring. He was hitting .271/.340/.625, though he did strike…

  18. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  19. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  20. Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in the Dominican Winter League

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    We heard last month that Edwin Encarnacion was going to play some left field during winter ball. Well, the experiment is officially underway. According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Encarnacion has played left field in four out of his first five games with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League. Encarnacion proved to…

  21. The Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Toronto

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    The Blue Jays just announced that they have traded for outfielder Ben Francisco. To the Phillies: lefty Frank Gailey. When last we heard of Francisco, he had just hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Jaime Garcia in the top of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the NLDS. In more normal times we know of him as…

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