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.
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.