The list of players competing for the vacant outfield spot left by Curtis Granderson just got longer, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yanks have signed Ben Francisco to a minor league contract.
Francisco, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians in January before getting released this morning. It didn’t take long for GM Brian Cashman to sign the righty, who is currently on his way to Yankees camp.
Francisco has spent parts of six seasons between the Indians, Phillies, Blue Jays and Rays. For his career, Francisco owns a .257 batting average, with 49 homers and 189 RBI. His best season came in 2008 with Cleveland, when he hit .266 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 121 games.
I can report #Yankees have indeed signed Ben Francisco. Heard he is on way here to join camp, battle for OF spot.