Yankees finally designate Ben Francisco for assignment


Despite Brian Cashman’s jokes, it had to happen sooner or later. The Yankees announced that they have designated Ben Francisco for assignment this afternoon to make room on the roster for lefty David Huff.

The 31-year-old Francisco was having one pathetic season for the Yankees hitting just .114/.220/.182 in 21 games. He was meant to be the right handed bat off the bench, but that experiment failed a while ago and he’s basically been sitting on the bench barely even playing recently.

Huff, 28, has a 5.40 ERA, a 5.1 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9 in 288.1 major league innings over parts of five seasons all with the Indians. He gives the Yankees 13 pitchers so it’s very possible that we see another move in the upcoming days when some of the injured players come off the DL. Until then Huff will serve as insurance with Hiroki Kuroda and David Phelps a little banged up.

On that note, don’t expect Eduardo Nunez to be the first one back. He’s been rehabbing a ribcage injury since May 6 and experienced a setback and could be on the DL much longer than expected. That’s rough news for the Yankees who have gotten almost no production from the shortstop position.

One interesting thing to note is that the Yankees have been using Lyle Overbay in right field during practice. This is obviously in anticipation of Mark Teixeira coming back. Teixeira will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday. Overbay has never played any position other than first base during his career, but he did play there a little while in the minors.

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5 Responses to Yankees finally designate Ben Francisco for assignment

  1. Mike Baker says:

    Its a miracle Francisco is finally gone

    • magilla gorilla says:

      He was to have been the righty platoon outfielder. Instead, Granderson gets hurt and the Yankees sign Wells. There was no place for him. Girardi must have been truly desperate to misuse Francisco as his RH DH when he had Hafner there. Maybe Francisco is still MLB replacement level if he is given some playing time elsewhere. He is not the player to come off the bench every four days and hit a double. That is nuts. The blame is on the Yankees, not Ben Francisco.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    I like the idea of Overbay in RF, he's been a keeper. And with Teixeira coming back from a wrist injury (and the high risk of re-injury) and Youkilis being so injury prone (back, like Chavez) you almost have to keep Overbay. Francisco? Was he here? He'll join Randy Winn and Nick Johnson on the good-idea-bad-result list, see ya.
    in fact, I think I'd rather keep Overbay and Adams and trade Youkilis.
    And is it too soon to talk of trading Suzuki (maybe back to Seattle) and replacing him with Thomas Neal?

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      Overbay's defense is an asset at 1st. …… his defense in RF would mos' definitely NOT be an asset.

      much as I appreciate what he's contributed thus far, he doesn't have the bat to be allowed to play a poor right field.
      might be a better idea to move Adams to RF when Youkilis is back

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