Francisco traded to Braves
The Reds have traded 3B Juan Francisco to the Braves for J.J. Hoover, a Minor League right-handed pitcher.
Francisco, who batted .196 with four home runs this spring, was out of options and did not endear himself to the Reds for among other things, showing up to camp overweight and for failing to properly rehabilitate a right calf injury over the winter.
Hoover, 24, went 25-19 with a 3.14 ERA in 99 appearances, including 61 starts, over four years (2008 to 2011) in the Braves farm system. He was assigned to Triple-A Louisville.
One issue the Reds face without Francisco however, is they do not have a power lefty bat to come off of the bench. We’ll see if that means other moves are in the works.