Jan 152011
Phillies OF Ben Francisco

Phillies OF Ben Francisco

By Justin Adkins:

The Phillies announced they have agreed to terms with Ben Francisco, avoiding the salary arbitration process with the reserve outfielder.

The deal is for 1 year, $1.175 million and includes performance incentives.

“We are pleased to have come to terms with Benny,” said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.  “Our goal in this process is to come to equitable deals. Benny, as we’ve stated, will have an opportunity to play more regularly in right field this year and I am looking forward to the competition beginning this spring.”

Francisco was originally acquired via trade (along with some guy named Lee) from Cleveland.  A right handed bat, it’s possible he sees some regular action in right field in a platoon with top prospect Domonic Brown, a lefty.

“They feel like I can go out there and do great things,” Francisco said. “I want to go out there and show I can as well.”

Francisco was one of two Phillies, along with right hander Kyle Kendrick, eligible for arbitration.  Both players officially filed on Friday, so with this deal in place only Kendrick remains.

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