December 12, 2011 / 6:40 PM / 8 years ago

Blue Jays acquire Phillies outfielder Francisco

Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Francisco (R) hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs as St. Louis Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina looks on in St. Louis, October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

(Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays picked up outfielder Ben Francisco from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a minor league pitcher, the Major League Baseball (MLB) team said on Monday.

Francisco, 30, appeared in 100 games for the Phillies in the 2011 season, posting a .244 batting average with six home runs and 34 runs batted in.

Over five MLB seasons spent in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the right-handed hitting Francisco has batted .260 with 45 home runs and 174 RBIs.

Left-handed reliever Frank Gailey, 26, split time between Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in 2011, recording a combined 5-6 record with a 3.41 ERA in 45 appearances.

Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue

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