UPDATE, 1:27 pm: Here is a tweet from Troy Renck of the Denver post:
“Phillies trade of Francisco opens up poential landing spot for Spilborghs. Phils have liked Spilborghs for a few years as RH bat off bench”
Spilborghs could be interesting, although his 2011 season was a terrible one. He hit just .210 with a .588 OPS, however, has shown to be a very good fourth or fifth outfielder in the past.
Ben Fran is no more. The Phillies have dealt him north of the border. Here is the announcement from the Phillies:
Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between single-A Dunedin and double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ minor league system where he combined to go 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 relief appearances. For his minor league career he has gone 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 games (one start). Gailey, Toronto’s 23rd round selection in the June 2007 draft, attended Archbishop Carroll High School and West Chester University.
Francisco, 30, spent parts of three seasons with the Phillies (2009-11) where he hit .259 with 17 home runs and 75 RBI in 225 games. He appeared in 17 career postseason games for the Phillies and belted the sixth postseason pinch-hit home run in club history in Game 3 of the 2011 NLDS against St. Louis.
With the transaction, the Phillies now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.
This frees up some space on the 40-man and gives the ability for the Phillies to add another potential part for 2012. What will they do with that space? They’re also off the hook for the $2 million-plus Francisco could have made in arbitration.
Good luck to Ben Fran. We’ll always have Game 3.
Gailey still holds West Chester University school records (by the way, that’s my alma mater, so I’m proud). His 242 strikeouts and 24-9 record during his time at the school are quite impressive. He has been slow to rise through the ranks of the minor leagues, but is showing signs of progress. He is not a power pitcher – he sports a 90-91 mph fastball and relies more on location. However, he’s strikes out nearly a batter per inning although he wasn’t blessed with an overpowering arm.