Making official what was presumed after they designated him for assignment last week, the Red Sox non-tendered third baseman/first baseman Juan Francisco.
Boston claimed Francisco off waivers from Toronto on November 19 to give them a fallback option at third base, but signing Pablo Sandoval (and Hanley Ramirez) made him superfluous.
Francisco isn’t much of a defender and can’t hit left-handed pitching, but against right-handers his career .786 OPS is higher than the career OPS versus righties by, among others, Michael Brantley, Billy Butler, Yoenis Cespedes, Eric Hosmer, and Michael Cuddyer.
He’ll land somewhere in a part-time role.
From beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal …
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Monday afternoon that Hanley had agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with a $22 million vesting option for 2019. He has never played left field, but it’s one of the least-demanding defensive positions in baseball and it’s made even easier at Fenway Park because of the Green Monster. It has been a busy Tuesday for the Red Sox, who also hosted an introductory press conference at Fenway for third baseman Pablo Sandoval and his five-year, $98 million deal (with a club option for 2020).
Juan Francisco was picked up on a November 19 waiver claim from the Blue Jays and looked poised to get a share of the playing time at the hot corner for Boston in 2015, but his stay lasted all of seven days.
Third baseman/first baseman Juan Francisco was placed on waivers by the Blue Jays and claimed by the Red Sox.
Francisco is arbitration eligible and projected to make about $2.2 million in 2015, so it’s possible that the Red Sox may still non-tender him before the December 2 deadline. In the meantime he gives them a potential fallback option in case they miss out on signing free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
He strikes out a ton and isn’t much defensively, but Francisco homered 43 times in 910 plate appearances from 2012-2014 and the left-handed hitter has a .786 career OPS versus right-handed pitching.