Update: Yankees release Ben Francisco


June 4th: Francisco has cleared waivers and been released. So that’s one loose end tied up.

May 26th: The Yankees have designated Ben Francisco for assignment to clear room on the 25-man active roster for the recently claimed David Huff, the team announced. Thy are now carrying a 13-man pitching staff and have an open 40-man roster spot.

Francisco, 31, hit a weak .114/.220/.182 (12 wRC+) in 50 plate appearances for New York this year. He never did emerge as a reliable right-handed complement to their lefty-heavy outfield, so his days have been numbered for a while. In fact, Francisco hadn’t even appeared in a game in nine days now. My guess is Huff (or at least the 13-man staff) will stick around only until the next position player is ready to activated off the DL, which could be Mark Teixeira as soon as next weekend.

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  1. trr says:

    For David Huff, LOL
    The prayers of the many have been answered, but it was past time for him to go

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    …..or do that.

    The world did indeed end with a whimper.

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      I wonder if we see a trade this week. Seems like some awkward maneuvering right now.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Very awkward. It’s not like Rondon is that deserving of a spot, or even this much thought, but he also didn’t deserve to be exposed to waivers when he’s just a pitcher with potential trying to get used to AA.

  3. Ben Francisco says:

    oh no, why is this happening!? *sad face*

  4. trr says:

    Who will be the new lightning rod for RAB outrage now?
    (That is, until [if] A-rod returns….)

  5. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


  6. MB says:

    This smacks of poor front office management. Why lose Rondon, a lefty who has shown promise as a reliever and has 3 options remaining, just to remove Francisco anyway, when you could have done that to start?

    • Bavarian Yankee says:

      so you really expect that somebody picks up Rondon!? That team has to be really desperate. Even if they lose him I couldn’t care less, you find guys like him on the waivers any day.

    • Electric Nunez ll says:

      Why do you assume the following:
      1) that you have any idea what “poor front office management” is to begin with and
      2) That the Francisco move has anything to do with Rondon being released (which isn’t the same thing as “losing” him, BTW)

      I admit I was surprised they gave up on Rondon so quickly, seemingly for a guy (Huff) who doesn’t appear to be any good, but I seriously doubt they lost him because they decided to keep BF a day too long and had to jettison Rondon…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Odd timing, but the likelihood was Rondon wasn’t going to survive the summer on the 40-man roster anyways.
      Maybe they figure with his poor start this season, now might be the best chance to get him off the 40-man roster and still have a chance to clear waivers so they can hold onto him.

  7. Electric Nunez ll says:

    Would be funny, tho, if this guy got a ring if the Yanks win the WS*…

    I think only marginally ‘roided up I could manage a .182 slugging percentage in a SSS.

    Who says suck don’t pay…

    *Inversely funny if he latches on somewhere else and gets one big hit and prevents a Yankee WS win…

  8. shittyshittybangbang says:

    Classic case of the emerging swell of anti-latino sentiment permeating through baseball, coupled with an irrational disdain for persons with two first names. Sad ….., it’s either that, or that he sucked rancid ass. Either way, both need to be carefully explored before ruling the other out.

    • Electric Nunez ll says:

      I’m gonna rule out anti-Latino sentiment, myself, as I don’t think MLB has yet developed an irrational disdain for the high proportion of its outstanding ballplayers (and overall numbers) arising from one subset of the human population.

      Reason # 3, SRA-to-high-heaven is only marginally a reason simply because it pales in offensiveness to…

      …Your reason #2, for having 2 first names isn’t merely f**king irritating and lame but… Well, it speaks for itself. Unfortunately, speaks twice, in fact.

  9. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Someone found the incriminating pictures and leaked them.

  10. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I don’t recall seeing a wRC+ of 12 before. It takes a special kind of suckitude to play that poorly. You could pull someone out of the bleachers and get that kind of non production.

  11. Ray says:

    They got rid of the guy Joey Books wouldn’t play (because there are little leaguers who are better) for one who might at least suck up some blowout innings. Seems reasonable to me.

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

    Happy days on RAB.

  13. Pasta says:

    This means when tex comes back overbay is 5 th ofer. Or the bench player who takes francisco spot.
    The real 5th ofer is Nix

  14. emac2 says:

    I think Tex is coming off the 60 day and needs that 40 man spot.

  15. Pasta says:

    Is it 4 th of july already?

  16. sangreal says:

    Funny, I was just wondering what happened with his waiver

  17. forensic says:

    Nobody claimed him? NOBODY??? He’s so useful though, he was batting 2nd for a 1st place team half the time. He must be great…

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