Braves Acquire Juan Francisco From Reds

The Braves acquired third baseman Juan Francisco from the Reds in exchange for right-hander J.J. Hoover, according to a press release from the team. 

Francisco, 24, has appeared in 81 games for the Reds over the last three seasons, posting a slash line of .284/.331/.450.  The left-handed hitter was out-of-options and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon writes that he showed up to camp overweight and did not properly rehabilitate a right calf injury that he suffered over the winter.

Hoover, 24, will report to the Reds' Triple-A affiliate.  The 6'3" hurler split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, making 14 starts and 29 relief appearances.  In total, Hoover registered a 2.64 ERA with 10.0 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 2011.


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68 Comments on "Braves Acquire Juan Francisco From Reds"


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3 years 3 months ago

Didn’t see this coming, despite Francisco’s poor performance this spring…why can’t the Reds seem to get good 3B from their farm system? Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Larson now Juan Francisco.

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3 years 3 months ago

Watch him be Chipper’s successor.

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Julie Batson
3 years 3 months ago

In the whirlpool. 

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Docbot
3 years 3 months ago

Let’s not forget Jeff Branson or Willie Greene.

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3 years 3 months ago

Encarnacion was from the  Rangers farm system.

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3 years 3 months ago

Yep but he still spent time in our system. Same with Russ Branyan, spent time in our system then came up and wasn’t anything so we let him move on then he became good. For some reason, if a 3B comes up in our system and plays for us…he’s no good, send him elsewhere and he’s good.

Brandon Larson being the exception.

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3 years 3 months ago

Why are people surprised? Francisco was out of options, and the Reds have 5 players competing for 2 bench spots. 

Todd Frazier plays 6 positions and is a better fielder than Francisco, who really can only play 3B.

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CalvaryCougar
3 years 3 months ago

Thank you….it was bound to happen dude couldn’t stay healthy and fraizer was a top prospect

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philliesfan136
3 years 3 months ago

Robbery for Atlanta. I think Francisco will be a good player.

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slasher016
3 years 3 months ago

Considering the Reds options were to just DFA or trade him (since he was out of options and not making the team) they got a pretty damn solid pitcher in return. 

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Amish_willy
3 years 3 months ago

Exactly, both teams made the trade due to each of their strengths. Francisco was in the same boat David Ortiz was with the Twins when he was taken, or numerous others that didn’t put it together even though they still very well could. For the Braves they got some 3b help for a relatively low cost, while Francisco finds himself in a pretty terrific opportunity, a team with 3b & LF openings from the get-go. The Reds get an arm back like the one they sent the Padres way in the Latos trade, Brad Boxberger. Which is hellofa lot more then the Twins got for Ortiz, so yeah, not a bad last resort return for the Reds.

Small trade and all, but a pretty decent example of a true trade. Some team will probably get Kyle Blanks from the Padres in the same fashion during the next year. Sucks to lose those guys, but opportunities are limited and sometimes other options make more sense.

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rundmc1981
3 years 3 months ago

Add Pedro Alvarez to the list in the next 2 years.

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philliesfan136
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, I over exaggerated. Not complete robbery. They gave up a solid pitcher, but if Francisco lives up to the potential he has with his raw power, I think it was worth it.

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rundmc1981
3 years 3 months ago

True, but Hoover was the 13th-highest ranked prospect in a farm system loaded with arms. He has upside.

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3 years 3 months ago

Robbery. I don’t really think that’s a good word for this.  Yeah he has power numbers but really that’s all he has ever shown his defense is not very good and he does not really bat for average either.   Fraizer had a good spring and has shown decent numbers in the past too.  Not a bad move I feel for the reds to get a pitching prospect too out of this.

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Leachpunk
3 years 3 months ago

This is a bad April Fools joke for the Braves

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rundmc1981
3 years 3 months ago

Why? ATL isn’t deep at 3B/LF, and we give up a pitcher that wouldn’t be utilized because of all the talent in front of him. Hopefully a change of scenery is what Francisco needs, possibly motivating him. Not bad career numbers and he still has time, though not much.

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Leachpunk
3 years 3 months ago

He has been hurt off an on for the last couple seasons and he has no plate discipline.

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Brv Rocks
3 years 3 months ago

Would have preferred Todd Frazier.  Don’t really like this trade for Atlanta.

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TophersReds
3 years 3 months ago

We prefer Fraizer too, which is why you didn’t get him. Can one of you Braves fans give the rundown on Hoover? I’ve never heard of him, and I don’t know how I feel about this trade. I liked Francisco honestly.

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Bravesfanatic
3 years 3 months ago

A good young pitcher. Projects as a 7th inning arm due to lack of good 3rd pitch. Was probably going to be a midseason call up for us