Could Ben Francisco be a fantasy asset this year? How would the situation work out with Brown in terms of his arbitration clock?
Early word on local radio was it was Brown's job to lose, maybe Francisco would platoon some and spell Ibanez. But B-Franc is off to a hot start in spring going 6/16 (2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB).
If B-Franc were to win significant playing time, he would face a lot of lefties surrounded by Howard, Utley and Ibanez against which he put up a .901 OPS last year.
Obviously he has a track record and is a 4th OF for a reason, but he's only 29 and did flirt with some 15-15-.270 potential while in Cleveland.