Phillies Swap Non-Tender Candidate To Blue Jays

The Deal
With the non-tender deadline approaching, the Phillies eliminated a tough roster decision by trading outfielder Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays minor league lefty reliever Frank Gailey.

Francisco spent the majority of the last three seasons as a reserve outfielder for the Phillies. While he batted just .259/.332/.420 in 526 at-bats for Philadelphia, Francisco will be remembered for his pinch-hit, game-winning home run in Game Three of the 2011 National League Division Series against the Cardinals. This year, he started just 10 games after the all-star break, and his presence became redundant with the emergence of John Mayberry Jr. and the recent signing of veteran Lance Nix. One-time top prospect Dominic Brown also looms in Triple-A.

The Blue Jays designated righty reliever Jesse Chavez for assignment to make room on the 40-man for Francisco. He provides a righty-hitting alternative to Toronto’s Eric Thames and Travis Snider in left field.

 
Phillies Acquire
Frank Gailey, lhp

Age: 26.

Born: Nov. 18, 1985 in Philadelphia.

Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 190. Bats: L. Throws: L.

School: West Chester (Pa.).

Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in 23rd round of 2007 draft, signed June 13, 2007.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
New Hampshire (EL) AA 1 4 5.70 19 0 0 30 32 20 19 4 11 23 1.43
Dunedin (FSL) HiA 4 2 1.84 26 0 0 44 26 9 9 1 10 38 0.82
Total 5 6 3.41 45 0 2 74 58 29 28 5 21 61 1.07

In addition to increased roster flexibility, the Phillies also received Gailey, a 26-year-old Philadelphia native. His best pitch is a plus changeup that enables his high-80s fastball to play up. While he lacks overpowering stuff, Gailey gets by with the deception and angle his low three-quarters arm slot creates. Gailey struggled to retire all batter types at Double-A, but he held high Class A lefthanded batters to a .131/.172/.148 line while with Dunedin in 2011.

 
Blue Jays Acquire
Ben Francisco, rf/lf

Age: 30. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration eligible for the 2012-2013 seasons ($1.175 million salary in 2011).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Philadelphia (NL) 2011 .244 100 293 24 61 10 1 6 34 33 42 4 .340 .364
3-Year Totals .255 105 278 35 71 18 1 9 36 28 53 26 .333 .421

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