Ben Francisco asks for release from Indians then signs with Yankees


Outfielder Ben Francisco was released by the Cleveland Indians on Monday. A few hours later he was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Yankees.

Francisco asked for his release from the Indians in order to pursue a better opportunity. That opportunity will be in New York where he should take over as part off the Yankees solution in left field while Curtis Granderson is out.

Getting Francisco to play the outfield is hardly a season saving move by the Yankees but it is an improvement over their current options.

The 31-year-old Francisco spent time with three different teams last season while compiling a .240/.285/.385 line in 82 games.

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