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Toronto Blue Jays Acquire Ben Francisco

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According to the team, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Ben Francisco from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for left handed pitcher Frank Gailey. Relief pitcher Jesse Chavez was designated for assignment to make room for Francisco on the Blue Jays 40 man roster.

Francisco was acquired by the Phillies in 2009 as a throw in with the Cliff Lee deal. He had previously seen time with the Cleveland Indians. A fifth round pick by the Indians in 2005, Francisco hit .261 with an OBP of .332 in his three year Cleveland career. In his three year career in Philadelphia, he hit .259 with also a .332 OBP.

Gailey was a 23rd round pick by the Blue Jays in 2007 MLB draft. Last season he made it up to Double A New Hampshire, the highest level he has ever played in. He had played A ball in Auburn and Lansing for the previous four seasons. He will likely see the Phillies minors.