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.
Doug Melvin says on WSSP radio that Francisco will be a first baseman for Brewers. Not surprising. Brewers were desperately looking for 1B.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) June 3, 2013
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.
Brewers acquired Juan Francisco, released Alex Gonzalez, recalled Scooter Gennett, and optioned Mike Fiers. — MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) June 3, 2013