Phillies Trade Ben Francisco to Jays
Outfielder Ben Francisco was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Frank Gailey, the Phillies announced today.
Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between single-A Dunedin and double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ minor league system where he combined to go 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 relief appearances. For his minor league career he has gone 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 games (one start). Gailey, Toronto’s 23rd round selection in the June 2007 draft, attended Archbishop Carroll High School and West Chester University.
Francisco, 30, spent parts of three seasons with the Phillies (2009-11) where he hit .259 with 17 home runs and 75 RBI in 225 games. He appeared in 17 career postseason games for the Phillies and belted the sixth postseason pinch-hit home run in club history in Game 3 of the 2011 NLDS against St. Louis.
With the transaction, the Phillies now have 39 players on the 40-man roste