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A Former Atlanta Braves Player Has Been Released, Should Braves Reach Out?


Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Francisco (25) connects for a base hit in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins on opening night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Francisco (25) connects for a base hit in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins on opening night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Senior Director of Media Relations for the Milwaukee Brewers, Mike Vassallo, the team has released former Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Francisco from the team.

Now I’m not trying to start rumors that the Braves are interested in purchasing Francisco’s contract but when I did see his name being released, I couldn’t help but think this could help the Braves.

With the moves the Braves made today with Joey Terdoslavich, Jose Constanza and Ryan Buchter going to Triple-A Gwinnett and infielders Tyler Greene and Tommy La Stella being re-assigned – this pretty much sums it up that Tyler Pastornicky will be given the last roster spot for the Braves.

Pastornicky trying to recover from injury, may not be ready for a bench role come opening day.  Even then, is his bat worth a bench spot?  Since he probably wouldn’t be the first to come off the bench with an infield position of need since Ramiro Pena is back.

Francisco is still only 26-years-old and probably hasn’t hit his prime years yet.  A solid power bat off the bench could be something Fredi Gonzalez would like to have.  Remember, we don’t have Gattis coming off the bench this year.  Ryan Doumit would be the only source of power in a pinch hit position.

Juan has batted exceptionally well this spring with a slash line of .346/.500/.731 with three home runs, six RBIs and eight walks.

Francisco was with the organization previous in 2012 and a part of 2013.  He was traded for Thomas Keeling after Chris Johnson had secured the third base position.

My take, Braves put in a phone call to see how much it would take to get Juan Francisco back in a Braves uniform.

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  • atlbr14

    Braves were always going to carry two middle infielders on the bench. If the rev gets replaced it will be by another utility guy and not some a DH /corner type..

    • Jeff Schafer

      Oh yeah?

      • Jeff Schafer

        Tell me more…

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Well, the reality is that Ryan Doumit is the designated lefty bench bat (actually a switch hitter). He’s also a much better hitter in general than Juan. But that does leave a vulnerability:

      1. Pastornicky, Pena: both RH bats, limited pop.
      2. Laird: the Guy-Fredi-Doesn’t-Wanna-Use since he’s the official backup catcher, but also RH bat with limited pop.
      3. Terdoslavich: was the odds-on favorite for that last bench spot as a switch hitter, but hasn’t hit at all in Spring, and thus was demoted to find his groove thing.

      So there’s a bunch of RH bats – one lefty. Ergo, Juan *could* fill a need – backing up either corner and being a lefty bench bat.

      Do I think it’ll happen? Nope. But that is an area of need, yes. But I tend to concur with Sealift – Juan is always trying to hit the ball nine miles. And that’s why he rakes AAA and Winter ball pitching… but not major league stuff.

      • atlbr14

        Braves aren’t worried about limited pop from Pena or Rev. Terdo was never a front runner for a spot since the day Doumit was acquired.

        NL bench(s) are better served by multi positional guys than the slowpitch softball type that hits .167 but may periodically hit one out.

        Rev may be replaced before opening day or not but my point was and is he will be replaced by a multi positional utilty guy not the Juan Francisco/Jack Cust type.

      • fireboss

        Pena is a switch hitter but I doubt Juan comes back so soon.

  • Sealift67

    It was after Francisco was sent off CJ seemed more confident and focused. Can’t see
    back to the future when you need the last bench guy to be versatile in the field
    and not a free swinger.

  • fireboss

    Ceasar Izturis was released by the Astros today. He has a superb glove but not much bat. If an inexpensive infielder is what the Braves want he could be that guy.

    Juan has no chance of being a Brave again unless he signs a minor league deal and is kept around as emergency 3rd base insurance