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Could Juan Francisco Be On The Move?


In five major league seasons, Juan Francisco has been a member of three different teams.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, that number could rise as the Milwaukee Brewers may be looking to move the first/third baseman.

With the signings of first baseman Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay, Rosenthal suggests that Francisco could be pushed out. Here’s what he wrote on foxsports.com.

Might the Tigers take a look at the Brewers’€™ Juan Francisco, who is out of options and could be squeezed out of Milwaukee by Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay?

He goes on to say that the Brewers value Overbay’s defense over Francisco’s.

Why would the Brewers keep Overbay over Francisco as their left-handed hitting alternative at first? Defense. Brewers first basemen combined for 21 errors last season. No other team had more than 14.

Francisco, who is capable of manning first and third base, hit .227 with 18 home runs between the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves in 2013. So far this spring, he’s batting .500 with two home runs, while Overbay and Reynolds have failed to get anything going at the plate.

Unlike Overbay and Reynolds, Francisco has upside. He has the talent to hit 25+ home runs on a consistent basis and is still a young player at 26 years old.

I would not be in agreement if the Brewers said sayonara to Francisco.

 

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  • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

    I figured that’s what they were thinking – Reynolds to power the position and Overbay as a defensive replacement late in games. Francisco’s adjustments and hot start, along with his ability to play both 1st and 3rd (kinda), should put him well above Overbay at this point.

    Conversely, if Francisco is hot, perhaps someone will give up a bit of value to get him, whereas Overbay will be dumped for nothing.

  • Matt

    This is silly. Francisco is not a long term option at first, he is not even a single season option at first. I dont even like having Reynolds around. The Brewers do not need someone who hits 25 dingers, a year but strikes out every single game and can’t hit above to 240, oh and has no defensive skill.

    Overbay is a single season stand in while we figure out our long term options. He wont hit alot of home runs, wont hit for a huge average. But its a better average then Francisco and Reynolds and his defense is better then both guys combined, oh and he does not strike out nearly as much.

    • Justin Schultz

      Respectfully disagree with you.

      Francisco has potential while Overbay is old and washed up. Why don’t the Brewers need a guy who can hit 25 homers? Sounds like a great bat to have in the bottom of the order to me.

      • Matt

        I agree 25 homers sounds great, and is great. But the strike outs, and defensive liability is not worth it.

        In 2013 the stats are as followed:

        Ave. O: .240 F: .227
        Obp. O: .295 F .296
        2B. O: 24 F: 12
        HR. O: 14 F: 18
        Walks O 36 F 32
        SO O. 111 F 138
        AB O. 445 F 348
        Errors O 4 F 7
        Field % O .996 F.923

        Either player is going to be a one year band aid, not long term. All in all, I would rather have Overbay. Some may disagree, but looking at everything above, to me its clear Overbay is a better choice. As a one year hole filler.

        • Justin Schultz

          The way Francisco swung the bat in the Dominican Winter League and so far in spring training is encouraging. He doesn’t look clueless against LHP’s anymore. And I believe Francisco has the potential to be the future first baseman for the Brewers.