Francisco, 27, was designated for assignment on November 25 when the Red Sox and left fielder Hanley Ramirez agreed on a four-year contract. The left-handed batter had been claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on November 19. In 106 major league games in 2014, all for Toronto, Francisco hit .220 (63-for-287) with 16 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, and 43 RBI. Over his big league career, the Dominican native has hit .236 (235-for-996) with 50 doubles, four triples, 48 home runs, and 152 RBI in 404 games for the Cincinnati Reds (2009-11), Atlanta Braves (2012-13), Milwaukee Brewers (2013), and Blue Jays (2014) between third base (197 games, 161 starts) and first base (87 games, 77 starts).
With this move, Boston's 40-man roster remains at 40.