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61 Juan Francisco 3B
Height/Weight: 6-2/245 | Birthdate: 6/24/1987 | Birthplace: Bonao, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $496,250 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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3B Juan Francisco takes talents to Japan


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Third baseman Juan Francisco, who declined an assignment by the Rays to Triple-A Durham to test free agency, has signed with the Central League Yomiuri Giants in Japan, according to the Japan Times.

Francisco tailed off after a strong start with Toronto in 2014 and finished with a slash line of .220/.291/.456.


Rays infielder Juan Francisco elects for free agency


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Rays infielder Juan Francisco has decided to opt out of his minor league contract and become a free agent, instead of going to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Francisco hit .150 with two home runs and four RBI in 40 plate appearances this spring.


Rays option Curt Casali, C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Rays have optioned catcher Curt Casali and pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A Durham.

Casali was unable to beat out Bobby Wilson for the team's backup-catcher role, while Riefenhauser failed to win a spot in the bullpen. The Rays have also reassigned infielder Jake Elmore and third baseman Juan Francisco to Durham.


Rays INF Juan Francisco assigned to Durham


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Rays infielder Juan Francisco has been assigned to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Francisco has until Sunday to accept the assignment. The 27-year-old completed the spring with a batting average of .150 with two home runs, four RBI and 18 strikeouts.


Juan Francisco took Rays offer because of chance to DH


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Juan Francisco chose to sign a minor-league deal with the Rays this offseason since he felt the team presented him with the best opportunity to make a major-league roster, according to MLB.com.

"I think here I have a better chance to play DH, a position," said Francisco, adding that he's comfortable at first or third base. "So I have better chances to play here, get some playing time with the Rays."

Francisco added his experience playing in the AL East last season with Toronto was also a factor in his decision to take the Rays offer over the other ones he had on the table.

"I feel more comfortable playing in the American League East. I know the league. I know the pitchers," Francisco said through an interpreter. "It's better for me to play in the American League because of the DH, so I have a better chance to play."


Rays sign five to minor-league deals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays signed catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielder Joey Butler, infielder Juan Francisco, right-hander Jhan Marinez and left-hander Everett Teaford all to minor-league deals, according to the team's official Triple-A website.

Rays sign Juan Francisco to a minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Rays have signed infielder Juan Francisco to a minor-league deal.

Francisco was claimed by Boston earlier in the offseason, but was designated for assignment and hit the free-agent market in December. Francisco hit .220/.291/.456 over 287 at-bats with the Blue Jays last season. He's always shown solid power, but it comes at the expense of a lot of strikeouts and a poor on-base percentage. 


Red Sox don't tender contract to Francisco, becomes free agent


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Red Sox announced Tuesday they will not tender a contract to infielder Juan Francisco, who was designated for assignment last week. He is now a free agent.

Francisco, who was claimed on waivers by Boston in mid-November, hit .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 106 games for Toronto in 2014.


Red Sox designate Juan Francisco for assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) To make room on the roster after the signing of Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox third baseman Juan Francisco was designated for assignment Tuesday, according to the team's website.

The Red Sox recently claimed Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays. In 2014, he hit .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI.


Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox claimed third baseman Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, reports WEEI.com. In 287 at-bats this past season, Francisco hit .220 with 16 homers and 43 RBI.

Juan Francisco clubs 16th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco hit his 16th home run Sunday against the Yankees. 

In the fifth inning, Francisco belted an 83 mph curveball from Shane Greene out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Juan Francisco drives in four, just misses cycle


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/24/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Juan Francisco narrowly missed hitting for the cycle in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox. He hit a two-run homer, a two-run single and a triple, finishing with four RBI and two runs scored.

Francisco only needed a double to complete the cycle. He's batting .242 with 15 homers and 39 RBI in 215 at-bats.


Scuffling Juan Francisco not in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Third baseman Juan Francisco will be riding the bench when the Blue Jays host Boston on Wednesday night. Munenori Kawasaki is set to start at that spot instead.

Francisco is hitless in four games since July 13, going 0 for 11 during that stretch.


Juan Francisco smacks 14th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco went 2 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Angels Monday.

Francisco gave his team a brief 2-1 lead with his fifth-inning home run before the Angels scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. The infielder has struggled to hit since a big May performance, and he is just 15 for 81 with five home runs since the beginning of June. Francisco has hit .237/.311/.521 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI in 190 at-bats.


Juan Francisco nails 13th homer in defeat of Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco has slowed down considerably since a tremendous roll in May, but he has clobbered occasional home runs. He blasted a two-run shot Wednesday afternoon in the fourth inning to help his team beat Milwaukee.

Francisco, who also walked, had had four home runs in the last four weeks. He now has 13 on the season.


Juan Francisco launches 10th home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco got a hold of one on Thursday, launching his 10th home run of the season in his team's 7-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit.

Francisco took starter Justin Verlander deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .268 with 10 homers and 26 RBI in 123 at-bats.

Juan Francisco drives in four


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco drove in four runs Saturday against the Royals.

The entire Toronto offense exploded Saturday, with Francisco playing a crucial role. He wasted no time getting to work, clubbing a two-run double in the first inning. He later added a run scoring single, and drove in another run via a double. Francisco was also hit by a pitch during the game, reaching base four times.

He finished the contest 3 for 4, with one run scored and four RBI. Francisco is hitting .257, with nine home runs, in 105 at-bats.


Juan Francisco clubs ninth home run in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 9-6 win over the Rays Tuesday.

Francisco is being overshadowed by the power display of teammate Edwin Encarnacion, but the third baseman has seven home runs of his own in the month of May. He has hit .276/.368/.612 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 98 at-bats.


Juan Francisco catching break against Boston ace lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) A matchup against tough Boston southpaw has hot-hitting Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco on the bench Thursday.

Francisco has three home runs and five runs in his last six games and seven RBI in his last seven games. He owns a .615 slugging percentage that would rank second in baseball if he had enough at-bats to qualify.


Hitters to sit in Week 8


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/17/2014) Planning on starting Josmil Pinto, Juan Francisco, Brandon Phillips, Martin Prado, Jonathan Villar or Chris Colabello in Fantasy Week 8 (May 19-25)? You might want to think twice about that.

I have them all as "sits" in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Find out why by clicking here.


Juan Francisco delivers sixth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco connected for his sixth home run Tuesday as part of a 2-for-3 night in his team's 5-4 win over the Indians.

In addition to his solo home run, Francisco drew a walk and knocked an RBI double. He should continue to get the bulk of the starts at third against righties even with Brett Lawrie back. Francisco has hit .293/.386/.600 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 75 at-bats.


Juan Francisco to get more work


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco will receive more playing time even after Brett Lawrie returns, according to Sportsnet

Manager John Gibbons said Francisco would play third, while Lawrie would shift over to second base. Francisco has swung a hot bat lately, with 11 hits in his last nine games. He's hitting .292, with five home runs, in 65 at-bats.


Don't buy into Juan Francisco


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Juan Francisco homered for a second straight game Thursday, and his numbers since entering the Blue Jays lineup April 19 -- a .311 batting average, five home runs and a 1.026 OPS -- are impressive, to say the least. So should you make a play for him in Fantasy?

I'm inclined to say no, at least in mixed leagues. With the late start, Francisco is only up to 61 at-bats, which are still too few to reveal anything. To put it in perspective, he hit .300 with four home runs and an .839 OPS over his first 60 at-bats last year, and Fantasy owners obviously didn't like where his numbers ended up.

Yes, Francisco has home run power and is in the prime of his career at 26. The Blue Jays also have a history of making superstars out of sluggers reduced to journeyman status, such as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. But while Bautista and Encarnacion have become among the most disciplined hitters in the majors, Francisco is still striking out about every third at-bat, which over time will likely reduce his batting average to the .230 range.

More likely, this hot streak is the result of him catching the AL by surprise after spending his entire career in the NL to this point. When the league catches up to him, his batting average will fall, and he'll go back to being an all-or-nothing platoon player.


Juan Francisco goes deep in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco extended his hitting streak to seven games Wednesday, in a 10-0 win over the Phillies.

Francisco had just one hit in the game, but he made it count, slugging his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two RBI, giving him 11 in 16 games, while hitting .276 in 58 at-bats. 


Juan Francisco's roster spot safe for now


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday the team will likely take a catcher off the roster to clear a spot Thursday for Adam Lind's expected return from the disabled list. That means Juan Francisco will remain with the team.

Francisco is batting .278 with a .500 slugging percentage, .875 OPS, three home runs and nine RBI in 15 games since joining the Blue Jays roster when Lind went on the disabled list April 18.