HOUSTON, TX - The Astros have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced this evening.
Francisco, 30, was acquired by the Astros from Toronto as part of a 10-player trade on July 20. In 31 games (18 starts) with the Astros, Francisco hit .247 with four doubles, two home runs and five RBI. He was 3x7 (.429) as a pinch-hitter for Houston.
In 518 career Major League games, Francisco has a .258 average with 47 home runs and 181 RBI. He has also played in 17 postseason games between 2009-11, all with the Phillies. The trade deadline for acquired players to be eligible for postseason play is tonight at 11:00 p.m. CDT.
Copyright 2012 by Click2Houston.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.