Blue Jays Acquire LF Ben Francisco, Could There Be Another Trade on the Horizon?

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IDecember 12, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 23: Ben Francisco #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a triple against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 23, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays announced Monday the club has acquired outfielder Ben Francisco from the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for minor league lefty-reliever Frank Gailey.

As a result of the move, the Jays needed to clear a roster spot on their 40-man roster and decided to designate pitcher Jesse Chavez for assignment.

In 100 games last season with the Phillies, Francisco compiled a .244 batting average with six home runs and 44 RBI.

A known lefty masher, Francisco may be platooning out in left field, spelling either Colby Rasmus or Eric Thames if need be.

Gailey split time last year with the Single A Dunedin Blue Jays and the Double A New Hampshire Fishercats. In 45 relief appearances, Gailey compiled a 5-6 record with a 3.41 ERA.

Now onto this move.

If the Jays in fact acquired Francisco to use him in this platoon role, I truly believe Alex Anthopolous and his staff have another move up their sleeve. With the outfield already packed with the likes of Rajai Davis, Rasmus, Thames, Travis Snider, Jose Bautista and possibly Edwin Encarnacion or Adam Lind, acquiring yet another outfielder makes about zero sense—unless one of these outfielders were going to be dealt.

The most likely guys here to be dealt are Davis and Snider, in my opinion.

Who could they be part of a package for? That's anyone's guess, but I hazard to believe possibly the Atlanta Braves may be talking trade for Jair Jurrjens, or the Oakland Athletics are looking at Gio Gonzalez.

For Jays fans, we play the waiting game to see if there's any trickle down move to follow. With Rogers deep pockets since they've bought MLSE, you would think they have the cash to spare to bring on a large piece to the puzzle. Now we just wait to see if they aren't cheap and want to seriously put a contender on the field next season.

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