• by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    3B Juan Francisco takes talents to Japan

    Third baseman Juan Francisco, who declined an assignment by the Rays to Triple-A Durham to test free agency, has signed with the Central League Yomiuri Giants in Japan, according to the Japan Times. Francisco tailed off after a strong start with Toronto in 2014 and finished with a slash line of .220/.291/.456.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Rays infielder Juan Francisco elects for free agency

    Rays infielder Juan Francisco has decided to opt out of his minor league contract and become a free agent, instead of going to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Francisco hit .150 with two home runs and four RBI in 40 plate appearances this spring.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Rays option Curt Casali, C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A

    The Rays have optioned catcher Curt Casali and pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A Durham. Casali was unable to beat out Bobby Wilson for the team's backup-catcher role, while Riefenhauser failed to win a spot in the bullpen. The Rays have also reassigned infielder Jake Elmore and third baseman Juan Francisco to Durham.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Rays INF Juan Francisco assigned to Durham

    Rays infielder Juan Francisco has been assigned to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Tribune. Francisco has until Sunday to accept the assignment. The 27-year-old completed the spring with a batting average of .150 with two home runs, four RBI and 18 strikeouts.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Juan Francisco took Rays offer because of chance to DH

    Juan Francisco chose to sign a minor-league deal with the Rays this offseason since he felt the team presented him with the best opportunity to make a major-league roster, according to MLB.com. "I think here I have a better chance to play DH, a position," said Francisco, adding that he's comfortable at first or third base. "So I have better chances to play here, get some playing time with the Rays." Francisco added his experience playing in the AL East last season with Toronto was also a factor in his decision to take the Rays offer over the other ones he had on the table. "I feel more comfortable playing in the American League East. I know the league. I know the pitchers," Francisco said through an interpreter. "It's better for me to play in the American League because of the DH, so I have a better chance to play."

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Rays sign five to minor-league deals

    The Rays signed catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielder Joey Butler, infielder Juan Francisco, right-hander Jhan Marinez and left-hander Everett Teaford all to minor-league deals, according to the team's official Triple-A website.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Rays sign Juan Francisco to a minor-league deal

    The Rays have signed infielder Juan Francisco to a minor-league deal. Francisco was claimed by Boston earlier in the offseason, but was designated for assignment and hit the free-agent market in December. Francisco hit .220/.291/.456 over 287 at-bats with the Blue Jays last season. He's always shown solid power, but it comes at the expense of a lot of strikeouts and a poor on-base percentage.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Red Sox don't tender contract to Francisco, becomes free agent

    The Red Sox announced Tuesday they will not tender a contract to infielder Juan Francisco, who was designated for assignment last week. He is now a free agent. Francisco, who was claimed on waivers by Boston in mid-November, hit .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 106 games for Toronto in 2014.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox designate Juan Francisco for assignment

    To make room on the roster after the signing of Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox third baseman Juan Francisco was designated for assignment Tuesday, according to the team's website. The Red Sox recently claimed Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays. In 2014, he hit .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers

    The Red Sox claimed third baseman Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, reports WEEI.com. In 287 at-bats this past season, Francisco hit .220 with 16 homers and 43 RBI.