Juan Francisco has seen his time with the Atlanta Braves officially come to an end. Four days after the Braves designated him for assignment, Francisco was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league lefty reliever Tom Keeling, braves.com reports.
Atlanta acquired Francisco from the Cincinnati Reds before last season in the hopes that he could serve as Chipper Jones' replacement. Francisco has flashed his enormous power potential at times but struggled to find consistency. He hit .237 with 14 homers in 300 at-bats for the Braves but struck out in 25 of his last 51 at-bats.
Milwaukee plans to use Francisco at first base.
The Braves receive in Keeling a sidearm lefty bullpen arm and is projected to join the big league bullpen next season.
Keeling will report to Double-A Mississippi. In 17 innings with Double-A Hunstville this season, Keeling struck out 19 and walked 10.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Juan Francisco, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Tom Keeling