Mets, Yankees have expressed interest in OF Ben Francisco

The Mets, Yankees, and three other teams have expressed interest in OF Ben Francisco, tweets Mark Hale of the New York Post.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Francisco fits best as a backup or utility outfielder. His best years came in 2008 and 2009 while with the Indians and Phillies, but he has not played regularly since then. He’s right-handed, and can play all three outfield positions, and so he’s a fit from that perspective. But he’s not a particularly good defender and doesn’t provide much value offensively either.

Statistics and information on Ben Francisco...

Stats: In 82 games with the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays in 2012, Francisco, 31, hit .240 with a .285 OBP and .385 SLG, 14 doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI with 49 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances.

Contract: Francisco earned $1.53 million in a one-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays before the 2012 season.