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Juan Francisco | Third Baseman

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Juan Francisco has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.
The deal is reportedly worth $1.2 million. Francisco opted out of his deal with the Rays after failing to make the team out of spring training. The 27-year-old hit 16 homers in 106 games with the Blue Jays last season. Apr 21 - 12:22 PM

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Juan Francisco has elected free agency.

The 27-year-old refused to Triple-A Durham and opted out of his deal with the Rays. With his tremendous power potential, there should still be interested teams willing to give him a chance despite a career .236/.297/.439 slash over 996 at-bats.
Apr 5 - 10:19 PM

Juan Francisco homered in his lone at-bat off the bench Sunday against the Mets.

Francisco certainly has the power to contribute in a bench role, though it's hard to see how the Rays could keep him unless they trade David DeJesus. John Jaso, DeJesus and Francisco are all left-handed bats.
Mar 15 - 5:32 PM

Rays signed 3B Juan Francisco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Francisco was claimed and subsequently DFA'd by the Red Sox earlier in the offseason, and now he's found a home with the Rays. The 27-year-old hit 16 home runs in 287 at-bats with the Jays last season and could earn a spot with the Rays in spring.
Jan 10 - 5:36 PM

Red Sox non-tendered 3B Juan Francisco.

Francisco was designated for assignment last week to clear a roster spot for Hanley Ramirez, so the writing was already on the wall. Francisco would have been arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old is now a free agent.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Red Sox designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment.

Francisco's stay in Boston was brief, as the team grabbed him off waivers from the Blue Jays less than a week prior. Francisco was insurance in the event the club couldn't land a big-name third baseman. He was DFA'd to make room for Hanley Ramirez, but Francisco won't be out of a job for long.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 06:13:00 PM

Red Sox claimed 3B Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.

He could be non-tendered if the Red Sox are able to reel in Pablo Sandoval. As it stands right now, though, Francisco is an option at third base along with Will Middlebrooks. Francisco belted 16 homers in just 320 at-bats for the Jays this season but hit only .220/.291/.456 overall. MLBTradeRumors.com projects him to make $2.2 million in his second year of arbitration.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 03:26:00 PM

Juan Francisco is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Yankees.

It's merely a routine day of rest for Francisco against southpaw Chris Capuano. Shawn Tolleson will get the start at third base while Dan Johnson functions as the Jays designated hitter.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Juan Francisco missed a cycle by a double and drove in four runs Thursday in the win over the Red Sox.

Francisco's second-inning triple should have been caught -- it deflected off Jackie Bradley Jr.'s glove -- but it was a well-hit ball. The homer was his 15th in 215 at-bats this season. He's always going to strike out too much to hit for average, but he's been quite a contributor this season.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 03:53:00 PM

Juan Francisco clubbed a two-run homer in a win over the Orioles on Friday night.

It was his 11th home run of the season. Francisco has predictably come back down to Earth since his hot start, but he remains a useful power option in fantasy leagues against right-handed pitching.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Juan Francisco clubbed a two-run homer in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

Francisco has predictably dropped off from a batting average perspective over the past couple of weeks, but the power has remained a constant. The 26-year-old has hit 10 home runs in just 123 at-bats and owns a .593 slugging percentage and a .943 OPS. He's a must-start when a right-hander is on the hill.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Juan Francisco had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI against the Royals on Saturday.

Francisco had lost some playing time of late and entered today's game in a 1-for-16 slump since May 19. But that is Juan Francisco. The power will stick around, but between his streakiness and his defensive limitations, he's not always an easy guy to fit on a major league roster. He's probably not going to be worth playing in mixed leagues again until someone ahead of him gets hurt.
Sat, May 31, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Juan Francisco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Francisco went deep off of Josh Lueke in the seventh inning for his ninth home run of the season. He was one of three Jays who went deep, helping extend the Jays' streak of games with a home run to ten. Francisco is slashing an impressive .276/.368/.612 with 20 RBI in only 114 plate appearances.
Tue, May 27, 2014 10:13:00 PM

Juan Francisco hit his eighth homer as part of a 2-for-4 day on Sunday, but he also committed two errors in a loss to the Rangers.

The Blue Jays have to keep Francisco's bat in the lineup against right-handers, but the downside struck in a big way today; not only did he commit two errors, but Brett Lawrie, playing out of position, committed one at second. Francisco's homer was his third in five games and sixth of the month. He'll keep starting against right-handers, someway, somehow.
Sun, May 18, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Juan Francisco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Indians.

It seems like Francisco is homering every other day. Thursday's shot, of the solo variety, came against Danny Salazar in the second inning, bringing his total up to seven on the season in just 95 plate appearances. Francisco is also slugging .622, which ranks second-best among hitters with at least 90 plate appearances, trailing only Troy Tulowitzki's .750.
Thu, May 15, 2014 10:49:00 PM

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