As a casual baseball fan, you might not know the name Ben Francisco off of the top of your head. As a member of the Indians, Phillies, Blue Jays, Rays, Francisco had been a journeyman outfielder throughout his career, with a career line of .253/.323/.418. However, he is notable because, after hitting .234/.282/.402 with 2 home runs between the Astros, Jays, and Rays, he was in the Yankees’ opening day lineup. Moreso, he was hitting sixth in the opening day lineup for one of the most prolific sports teams on the planet.
Francisco’s term with the Bombers didn’t last too long, however, as he hit just a paltry .114/.220/.182 with 1 homer and 1 RBI. He was released by the Yankees early in June after being sent to the minors early on in May. He gives the Padres some more outfield depth behind Will Venerable, Carlos Quentin, Everth Cabrera, and Chris Denorfia.