Rays acquire OF Francisco from Houston
The Rays made a small deal to improve their depth, acquiring OF Ben Francisco from Houston for a player to be named later.
Francisco, 30, was hitting .247 with two homers and five RBIs in 31 games for the Astros after being acquired July 20 from Toronto. He hit .240 for the Jays with two RBIs in 27 games, missing a month with a left hamstring injury.
The Rays will add Francisco to the roster tonight, making eligible for the postseason roster, and will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster after tonight's game. He is expected to join them Saturday here in Toronto.
Francisco, a righthanded hitter, has spent six seasons in the majors, also playing for the Indians and Phillies. He has a career .258 average and .328 on-base percentage, with 47 home runs and 181 RBIs, primarily as a corner outfielder.
If nothing else, keep Francisco from ending up somewhere playing against them: he has a .410 avg. w/ 6 HR and 19 RBI in 20 games. Most of that damage came against Andy Sonnanstine, as he was 8-for-9 with five homers.