Red Sox claim Francisco off waivers from Jays
The Red Sox claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old played in 106 games for Toronto last season and could add some pop to a Boston lineup that lacked power in 2014. While he had a .220 average with the Blue Jays, Francisco managed 16 home runs and 43 RBIs, averaging an extra-base hit every 11.8 at-bats, the ninth-best rate in the American League.
Francisco also had 34 extra-base hits, the most in the Majors among players with no more than 350 plate appearances.
While Francisco has played first and third base in the Majors, the majority of his playing time has come at third.
Francisco has also played with the Reds, Braves and Brewers during his six-year career, combining to hit .236 with 48 home runs and 152 RBIs.