Goodyear, AZ (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians released outfielder Ben
Francisco on Monday.
Francisco, a six-year veteran, appeared in 82 games in 2012 with the Toronto
Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays, batting .240 with four home runs
and 15 RBI.
Francisco has also spent time with Cleveland (2007-2009) and the Philadelphia
Phillies (2009-2011). Over 542 career games, Francisco has batted .257 with 49
home runs and 189 RBI.
The Indians also sent first baseman Matt LaPorta, pitcher Fernando Nieve and
catcher Roberto Perez to minor league camp, while adding pitcher Rich Hill to
the 40-man roster and placing pitcher Blake Wood on the 60-day disabled list.
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