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Francisco, Part Deux!

Posted: 1/21/2013 3:41 PM

Francisco, Part Deux! 


Indians Sign Ben Francisco

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 21 at 2:23pm CST]

The Indians announced that they signed outfielder Ben Francisco to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training. The team also confirmed the signing of utility player Ryan Raburn.

Francisco played for the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays in 2012. The 31-year-old began the year in Toronto and joined the Astros in a July trade before being dealt to Tampa Bay in August. He posted a .240/.285/.385 batting line with four home runs in 207 total plate appearances, playing both corner outfield positions.

The Yankees and Mets were among the other teams interested in the John Boggs & Associates client. Francisco, a right-handed hitter, has a career line of .252/.329/.414 against left-handed pitching. 

Love Benny.  With Raburn and Francisco in the fold, I think they are hell bent on finding Brantley a platoon partner.   




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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:25 PM

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I think with all these outfield & flexable utility type guys who can also play infield & outfield like Gomes / Aviles now with the addition of Raburn & Francisco look for Carrera to start the 2013 season as the Center Fielder of Columbus and not the 4th outfielder of the big league club.

IMHO look for Raburn or Francisco to win that 4th outfield spot JMHO unless another trade happened to even upgrade that slot past a Raburn or Francisco.

This also helps lean the direction of what Francona has talked about in way of a rotational DH situation the more i think about it the more i like that idea with the type of bats we have signed and traded for this offseason so I do not believe we will see Thome or Hafner in a Indians uniform again.

I guess we cannot cry about the lack of right handed bats on this team anymore. biggrin


IdahoTribesman wrote:

Indians Sign Ben Francisco

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 21 at 2:23pm CST]

The Indians announced that they signed outfielder Ben Francisco to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training. The team also confirmed the signing of utility player Ryan Raburn.

Francisco played for the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays in 2012. The 31-year-old began the year in Toronto and joined the Astros in a July trade before being dealt to Tampa Bay in August. He posted a .240/.285/.385 batting line with four home runs in 207 total plate appearances, playing both corner outfield positions.

The Yankees and Mets were among the other teams interested in the John Boggs & Associates client. Francisco, a right-handed hitter, has a career line of .252/.329/.414 against left-handed pitching. 

Love Benny.  With Raburn and Francisco in the fold, I think they are hell bent on finding Brantley a platoon partner.   




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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:36 PM

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Raburn can play 2B, so I'd imagine he's the frontrunner for the 4th OF spot. I'd think Marson and Gomes make the team, since the latter can play 1B, 3B, OF, along with catching.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:41 PM

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+1

I also think that finding a quality bat or two amongst Gomes, Raburn, or Francisco, will open the door for Chris McGuiness to make the team and get significant at-bats as the DH while being spelled against lefties.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:23 PM

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tribefan40 wrote: Raburn can play 2B, so I'd imagine he's the frontrunner for the 4th OF spot. I'd think Marson and Gomes make the team, since the latter can play 1B, 3B, OF, along with catching.

Raburn also played 33 games at 3B during his years with the Tigers, just a little added flexibility and value.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:01 PM

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Is Andy Sonnanstine still in the league?  Francisco would be the best player in the history of baseball if he got to face Sonnanstine more often.  For his career: 8/9 with 1 2B and 5 HR.  That's a solid .889/.900/2.667 slash line.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:01 PM

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mwldublin wrote:
tribefan40 wrote: Raburn can play 2B, so I'd imagine he's the frontrunner for the 4th OF spot. I'd think Marson and Gomes make the team, since the latter can play 1B, 3B, OF, along with catching.

Raburn also played 33 games at 3B during his years with the Tigers, just a little added flexibility and value.
Raburn is an absolute butcher at 2B and 3B.  Advanced metrics like him in LF, but that certainly does not match the eye test.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:16 PM

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IMHO right now i look for Gomes to beat Marson out of his job causing Marson to be traded or cut loose during Spring Training.

Marson brings zero flexibility to this team where Gomes does Gomes is also a better offensive / defensive option for this roster .

I agree with McGuiness sticking with the club they are very high on him and feel like John Hart said on MLB TV that McGuiness can be finished off at the major league level and make the jump to the big show.

I do not see Rayburn making this club out of spring training unless Asdrubal ends up getting dealt opening up a starting job for Aviles.

I believe Francisco will be the front runner for the 4th outfield slot JMHO as of right now.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:57 PM

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Francisco has a career OPS against LHers of .743. Raburns is .796.

Why Benny was brought back, except as AAA filler, is beyond me.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:24 AM

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Looks like Shapiro wants to receive a key piece back from the Lee trade although Dolan had his reservations about spending a few 100k. Looks like he is making his promise of spending come true our payroll might be 100k higher this year lol.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:32 AM

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This is a minor league invite. Quit acting like its more than it is.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:21 AM

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CATS44 wrote: Francisco has a career OPS against LHers of .743. Raburns is .796.

Why Benny was brought back, except as AAA filler, is beyond me.

Exactly.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:19 AM

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DCTribefan wrote:
CATS44 wrote: Francisco has a career OPS against LHers of .743. Raburns is .796.

Why Benny was brought back, except as AAA filler, is beyond me.

Exactly.

He is an actual outfielder. I'm sure he is filler, this is a minor league contract after all, but I would not feel comfortable with Ryan Raburn in the OF for any extended period of time.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:54 AM

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i'm not going to feel comfortable with raburn in cleveland at all, playing any position.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:50 AM

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Regardless, these guys are legitimate options going through spring training. At least I've heard of them...
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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:52 PM

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The most interesting part of having BF back is seeing how long it will take for someone to spell his name wrong.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 1:37 PM

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AustinTribeFan wrote: The most interesting part of having BF back is seeing how long it will take for someone to spell his name wrong.
Had to double check before posting the thread.  biggrin
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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:22 PM

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MrBananaGrabber85 wrote:
DCTribefan wrote:
CATS44 wrote: Francisco has a career OPS against LHers of .743. Raburns is .796.

Why Benny was brought back, except as AAA filler, is beyond me.

Exactly.

He is an actual outfielder. I'm sure he is filler, this is a minor league contract after all, but I would not feel comfortable with Ryan Raburn in the OF for any extended period of time.

I agree. Don't know much about Raburn, but I've read where he's a butcher whatever position he plays.

Francisco is a better signing by Antonetti than anybody he signed last season.
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