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.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.