Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 Chachi Transactions #5 Ben Francisco

There has been a deal.  The Phillies cleared some roster space and freed up a little cash by trading outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday for left-handed minor league pitcher Frank Gailey.  The Phils opted to move Francisco rather than offer him arbitration before last night's deadline.  Francisco came to the Phillies from the Indians as part of the July 2009 Cliff Lee deal.  In his 2 1/2 seasons with the club, he hit .259 in 225 games with 17 home runs and 75 RBIs.  His most memorable moment in red pinstripes came during Game 3 of last year's N.L.D.S. when his pinch-hit three-run home run gave the Phillies a 3-2 victory.

Moving On
Dane Sardinha (10-11) 10/10/11 - Filed for free agency
Brandon Moss (11) 10/17/11 - Outrighted to Lehigh Valley and filed for free agency (Signed with the Oakland A's organization)
Brad Lidge (08-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Roy Oswalt (10-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Ross Gload (10-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Raul Ibanez (09-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Ryan Madson (03-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Jimmy Rollins (00-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Juan Perez (11) 11/2/11 - Became a minor league free agent
Scott Mathieson (06, 10-11) 11/29/11 - Released
Ben Francisco (09-11) 12/12/11 - Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Frank Gailey

Coming Back
Pete Orr (11) 11/3/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent with an invitation to Spring Training
Brian Schneider (10-11) 11/17/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract

New Additions
Jim Thome (03-05) 11/5/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians
Jonathan Papelbon 11/14/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox
Ty Wigginton 11/20/11 - Acquired with cash from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash
Laynce Nix 12/8/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals

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