Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 2 Days
Blue Jays recalled INF Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo.
With Adam Lind heading to the disabled list with lower back tightness, Francisco will provide additional punch off the bench for the Blue Jays. He could be worth a look in AL-only formats.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 3 Days
The Blue Jays are expected to recall Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
With Adam Lind likely heading for a stint on the disabled list, Francisco was pulled from Friday's minor league game and is likely heading to join the Blue Jays. It's unclear how much playing time he'll see, but is certainly worth a look in AL-only formats for his dual eligibility and power potential.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 19 Days
Blue Jays signed INF Juan Francisco to a minor league contract.
Hector Gomez of the Dominican radio station ZDeportes first reported the deal, and it's been confirmed by Blue Jays play-by-play man Mike Wilner. Francisco will report to Triple-A Buffalo, where he'll provide organizational depth for the Jays.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 28 Days
Brewers released INF Juan Francisco.
The 26-year-old was beat out by Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds this spring for the Brewers' opening at first base. Francisco slugged 18 home runs in 124 games last summer between Atlanta and Milwaukee, and shouldn't have trouble finding a new team. He owns a .731 career OPS in 298 major league games.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 1 Month
Juan Francisco homered and walked three times in four trips to the plate against the Mariners on Wednesday.
Francisco hit a solo homer off of Blake Beavan in the fourth inning, his only hit of the afternoon and this third homer of the spring. Francisco has hit very well in the Cactus League. He should be the left-handed complement to Mark Reynolds at first base throughout the year.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 2 Months
Juan Francisco homered twice and drove in three runs against the Athletics on Thursday.
That is certainly a way to introduce yourself in spring training. Both of the first baseman's homers were solo shots. Francisco tagged Tommy Milone in the second inning and Jim Johnson in the fourth. His third RBI came in the fifth when he reached on Eric Sogard's fielding error.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 3 Months
Brewers avoided arbitration with INF Juan Francisco by agreeing to a one-year, $1.35 million contract.
Francisco was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason after qualifying as a Super Two player. The free-swinger slugged 18 homers in 2013 but also batted just .227/.296/.422 overall. He'll compete for playing time at first base this season.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 5 Months
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes that Juan Francisco could be the leading candidate to open the 2014 season as the Brewers starting first baseman.
The team remains open to discussing a return with Corey Hart, but doesn't plan on seeking a major upgrade via free agency. The 26-year-old Francisco is still overly prone to the strikeout (138 in 348 at-bats in 2013), but does possess massive power potential. He currently sports a 1.070 OPS in the Dominican Winter League, and is certainly someone for those in mixed leagues to keep an eye on if he secures the job.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 7 Months
Juan Francisco is making changes to his swing, including ditching his leg kick.
Francisco is also working on minimizing his movements in the batter's box. He used his new stance during a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday, which resulted in a hard groundout. "That was a really good at-bat," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He saw the ball well and he ended up smoking a ball for an out, but he hit it well. I think if he does that, I'm excited about that stance and what I think can happen with that stance."
Juan Francisco 1B/3B TOR 7 Months
Juan Francisco is not in the Brewers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.
Yuniesky Betancourt is drawing the start at first base while Jeff Bianchi covers for the injured Aramis Ramirez at the hot corner. It's the second straight day off for Francisco, who is hitting .230/.308/.459 with 13 homers and 31 RBI in 77 games since being acquired by the Brewers in early June.