Phillies Trade Ben Francisco

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This is not entirely shocking considering the Phillies have spent so much of the offseason focusing on their bench, but the team announced today that they have traded Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for Frank Gailey.

Gailey is a situational left-handed reliever who has never played in the majors, but put up strong numbers in the lower levels of the minor leagues. He is a Philly native who went to Carroll and West Chester University.

Goodbye, Ben.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal confirms Aramis Ramirez to the Brewers. It's a three-year deal. That's another one off the market.

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15 Responses

  1. Anyone else think this could be setting up another move, nothing major. But with howard out for a while. I thought BigJohn would play a lot at first, with Thome hear and there. And then i foresaw a platoon in left of D-Brown, Mayberry(when not at first), Mixing in some Ben and then Raul, if he comes back….

  2. Thome at 1st, Raul at anywhere, shit let’s give Morandini a call to see what he’s doing next season

  3. @ dan the man…. i have been secretly dreaming for that, even though the odds of it happening are about zero….
    @matt… idk if thome could hold up for that much playing time. And i was under the impression that D-brown would be starting the season in the minors. But i hear the phils just made a trade with AARP for Mariano Duncan….

  4. I don’t know about you all, but I feel like this will defintely happen. Longo at 3b and Hanley at 1b until Howard comes back. Then we can platoon both of them at third base. Then we can trade all three for Felix Hernandez, Sabathia, Bautista and AGon. Then we can win the World Series. Then we can use the extra money made from winning the WS to pick up Wright in free agency.

  5. I would have liked to see Ramierz here. Especially for a 3 year deal. Polanco and Valdez could have been your utility guys in the infield. Now you are are stuck with Polanco unless Amaro comes through on Wednesday… December 14… the day of reckoning.

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