Astros trade outfielder Francisco to Rays

Astros trade outfielder Francisco to Rays

Astros trade outfielder Francisco to Rays
HOUSTON -- The Astros have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Friday.

Francisco, 30, was acquired by the Astros from Toronto as part of a 10-player trade on July 20. In 31 games (18 starts) with the Astros, Francisco hit .247 with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. He was 3-for-7 (.429) as a pinch-hitter for Houston.

In 518 career Major League games, Francisco has a .258 average with 47 home runs and 181 RBIs. He has also played in 17 postseason games between 2009-11, all with the Phillies. The deadline for acquired players to be eligible for postseason play is 11 p.m. CT on Friday.