Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers from Blue Jays

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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.