Phillies trade Francisco

Outfielder Ben Francisco was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Frank Gailey, the Phillies announced today.

Gailey, a 26-year-old native of Philadelphia, split last season between Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ Minor League system where he combined to go 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 relief appearances.  For his Minor League career he has gone 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 games (one start).  Gailey, Toronto’s 23rd-round selection in the June 2007 Draft, attended Archbishop Carroll High School and West Chester University.

Francisco, 30, spent parts of three seasons with the Phillies (2009-11) where he hit .259 with 17 home runs and 75 RBIs in 225 games.  He appeared in 17 career postseason games for the Phillies and belted the sixth postseason pinch-hit home run in club history in Game 3 of the 2011 NLDS against St. Louis.

With the transaction, the Phillies now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.