Rays Trade For Astros Outfielder Ben Francisco

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 12: Ben Francisco #3 of the Houston Astros walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewersat Minute Maid Park on August 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Milwaukee beats the Astros 5-3. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Ben Francisco from the Houston Astros, in exchange for future considerations. According to Marc Topkin, it's "a small deal to improve their depth."

Yeah, no kidding. From 2010 through Thursday, Francisco had batted just .252/.325/.390 in 634 plate appearances. And it's difficult to see where Francisco fits, considering that the Rays already have a number of right-handed hitters who can play multiple positions. And it's not like management never makes a mistake; this is the same team that gave 103 plate appearances to Hideki Matsui.

Regardless, Francisco will be added to the roster before Sunday, making him eligible for the Rays' postseason roster. Though considering their recent performance, a postseason berth is beginning to look somewhat unlikely.

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