The Braves were confident when they designated Juan Francisco for assignment last Thursday they would be able to get something in return for him on the trade market. They acquired minor league left-hander Tom Keeling from the Brewers on Monday, in exchange for Francisco, and assigned him to Double-A Mississippi.
Keeling, 25, an 18th round draft pick in 2010 out of Oklahoma State, spent parts of four season with the Brewers advancing as high as Double-A Huntsville. He was 0-1 with 3.18 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Huntsville this season, with 15 hits allowed, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings.
Francisco was designated for assignment after the Braves promoted left-handed prospect Alex Wood and returned to full strength with six relievers in the bullpen. Francisco was the odd man out after hitting .241 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 35 games as a platoon third baseman. He has undeniable raw power but also struck out 43 times in only 108 at-bats.
Now Francisco lands a job with the Brewers, who released former Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez in their roster shuffling Monday.
The Braves had 10 days to trade Francisco, put him through waivers and outright him to the minors if he cleared, or release him.