Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Francisco hits an RBI single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in St. Louis. The RBI was part of a nine-run rally for the Phillies in the inning. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
December 12, 2011 10:16:56 AM PST
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for left-hander Frank Gailey.

Francisco spent parts of three seasons with the Phillies, hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 75 RBIs in 225 games. He hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer to lead the Phillies past St. Louis in Game 3 of the 2011 NL division series. The Cardinals won the series in five games.

Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. He was 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 relief appearances. He is 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 games in his minor league career.

Francisco was acquired by the Phillies from Cleveland in July 2009 in a trade that also brought Cliff Lee to Philadelphia.


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