Sunday, April 1, 2012

Reds deal Francisco to Atlanta

Say hello to the newest member of the 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'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."

The move by Cincinnati pretty much ensures 3B/LF Todd Frazier a spot on the 25-man Opening Day roster. Many fans had been clamoring for the University of Rutgers product to make the squad after clearly outplaying Francisco during the preseason. It appears as though they'll get their wish. Frazier is batting .294 with 5 homers, 14 RBIs, 11 runs scored and five double this spring.

Hoover is/was listed as the 13th-best prospect in the Braves farm system, according to

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