David Sanchirico
Monday June 3rd, 2013

Juan Francisco drove in 32 runs for the Braves during the 2012 season. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) Juan Francisco drove in 32 runs for the Braves during the 2012 season. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

On a busy Monday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers traded for Juan Francisco and released shortstop Alex Gonzalez. To acquire Francisco from the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee traded minor-league pitcher Thomas Keeling.

After the Braves designated Francisco for assignment, teams began voicing interest in the third baseman. The 25 year old is hitting .241 this season with five home runs and 16 RBIs. Francisco will play first base for the Brewers, according to  GM Doug Melvin.

Keeling, 25, is a Double-A reliever who has a 3.18 ERA in 17 appearances this season.

Gonzalez, 36, hit .177 for the Brewers with one home run and eight RBIs in 41 games this season.

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