Francisco was released last week from his minor-league contract with the Orioles, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. After failing to win a reserve gig with the Orioles coming out of spring training, Francisco didn't report to a minor-league affiliate and will now be cleared to find a new employer. Francisco hasn't surfaced in the big leagues since 2014, when he slashed .220/.291/.456 over 320 plate appearances with the Blue Jays.
Francisco agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Francisco hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 and spent his 2015 campaign playing overseas in Japan. During his last big league season, Francisco slashed .220/.291/.456 and hit 16 home runs over 320 plate appearances with the Blue Jays. He will likely serve as organizational corner infield depth for the Orioles.
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.
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.
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.
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