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Ben Francisco | Designated Hitter

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/23/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
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Padres signed OF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract, assigned him to Triple-A Tucson.
Francisco was released by the Yankees earlier this month after batting just .114/.220/.182 in 50 plate appearances. He'll provide some depth in the minors. Tue, Jun 18, 2013 09:08:00 PM

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Yankees released OF Ben Francisco.

Francisco was designated for assignment by the Yankees late last month and will now seek an opportunity elsewhere. The 31-year-old batted just .114/.220/.182 in 50 plate appearances with New York.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 09:43:00 AM

Yankees designated OF Ben Francisco for assignment.

The move was made in order to clear room on the roster for David Huff. Francisco was given a decent chance at playing time given the Yankees' injuries, but he failed to take advantage in putting up a horrid .114/.220/.182 batting line. He'll likely clear waivers but should draw some interest if he doesn't want to report to Triple-A.
Sun, May 26, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Ben Francisco went 0-for-4 as the Yankees' No. 2 hitter in Monday's loss.

Francisco had a nice spring, but then the Yankees gave him four at-bats in two weeks and he's been useless since his role expanded a week ago. What makes the usage especially odd as he hasn't had even one start in the outfield (he's played a total of three innings there). If the Yankees aren't going to put him to use there, they should be able to find a better bat for his bench spot.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 10:47:00 PM

Ben Francisco is serving as the Yankees' designated hitter in Monday's season-opener against the Red Sox.

The Yankees are limping into the 2013 regular season. Brett Gardner is leading off and playing center, and is followed by Eduardo Nunez (SS), Robinson Cano (2B), Kevin Youkilis (1B), Vernon Wells (LF), Francisco (DH), Ichiro Suzuki (RF), Jayson Nix (3B) and Francisco Cervelli (C). CC Sabathia will be on the bump.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Yankees purchased the contract of OF Ben Francisco from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Francisco latched on with the Yankees earlier this month after he was given his release by the Indians. He's likely to get at-bats in left field against left-handed pitching, but that doesn't leave much room for fantasy value.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 05:57:00 PM

Ben Francisco hit his first two homers of the spring Saturday versus the Tigers.

Francisco, who was signed to a minor league contract on March 11, is 14-for-40 with 10 extra-base hits in 18 games for the Indians and Yankees this spring. He's likely to make the Bombers as a left fielder against left-handers.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Yankees signed OF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract.

Francisco requested and was granted his release from the Indians in order to pursue what it a better opportunity for him. He should have no trouble earning a roster spot and could receive a good amount of playing time in left field while Curtis Granderson is sidelined.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have "preliminary" interest in Ben Francisco.

It confirms earlier speculation from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Francisco, who was released by the Indians Monday, is also drawing interest from the Yankees. He should catch on somewhere soon.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 03:16:00 PM

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Yankees are interested in Ben Francisco.

Francisco asked for and was given his release by the Indians earlier Monday, so he should sign on somewhere soon. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News suspects that the Mets might also be interested in him. Francisco has batted .400/.520/.700 this spring.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 01:55:00 PM

Indians released OF Ben Francisco.

Francisco requested the release. It's not clear if he has a chance to catch on with another major league club or if he might be pursuing an overseas opportunity. He batted .400/.520/.700 with the Indians this spring.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Indians signed OF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract.

He'll be in big league camp in spring training and has a good shot at cracking the Opening Day roster. Francisco batted just .240/.285/.385 with four homers and a .670 OPS last season between the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays. He's a career .257/.326/.425 hitter across six seasons.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Ben Francisco's agent, John Boggs, told Mark Hale of the New York Post that the Yankees and Mets are among the teams who have expressed interest in his client.

Boggs says three other teams are interested and that he and is client are looking for the "best opportunity" and "who will offer the most at-bats." While Francisco is a right-handed hitting outfielder, he has been marginally better against right-handed pitchers during his career. The 31-year-old batted just .240/.285/.385 with four homers and a .670 OPS last season between the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 11:13:00 AM

The Giants have spoken to Ben Francisco's agent, John Boggs.

The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea thinks they're looking at him as a possible platoon partner with Gregor Blanco in left field. Francisco has actually been a better hitter against right-handers in his career, though, and batted only .234/.282/.402 overall in 2012.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 07:26:00 PM

Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the team "still definitely has interest" in Ben Francisco.

The Rays non-tendered Francisco last week, but they wouldn't mind having him back on a lesser deal. The 31-year-old outfielder batted just .240/.285/.385 with four homers, 15 RBI and a .670 OPS in 192 plate appearances this past season.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 08:46:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Brooks Conrad
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3B1Chris Nelson
2Yangervis Solarte
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Jake Goebbert
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
2Chris Denorfia
3Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Robbie Erlin
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Jesse Hahn
8Casey Kelly
9Joe Wieland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Dale Thayer
3Kevin Quackenbush
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Troy Patton
8Blaine Boyer