Phillies trade Francisco to Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Frank Gailey.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for minor league left-hander Frank Gailey.

Francisco spent parts of three seasons with the Phillies, hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 75 RBI in 225 games. He hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer to lead the Phillies past St. Louis in Game 3 of the 2011 NL division series. The Cardinals won the series in five games.

Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. He was 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 relief appearances. He is 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 games in his minor league career.

Francisco was acquired by the Phillies from Cleveland in July 2009 in a trade that also brought Cliff Lee to Philadelphia.

The Blue Jays also claimed right-hander Jim Hoey off waivers from Minnesota, outrighted catcher Brian Jeroloman and right-hander Drew Carpenter to Triple-A Las Vegas and designated right-hander Jesse Chavez for assignment.

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