Former Phillies Ben Francisco and J.A. Happ were traded for each other Friday.
Two key members of the Phillies 2009 World Series team are switching teams again.
Ben Francisco and J.A. Happ were swapped Friday as part of a 10-player trade between the Blue Jays and Astros.
The Jays snagged pitchers Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter in the deal while Francisco, closer Francisco Cordero and minor league pitchers Asher Wojciechowski, Joe Musgrove and David Rollins as well as minor leauge catcher Carlos Perez and the always popular player to be named later were sent to Houston.
Happ has struggled since the Phillies traded him to Houston as part of the Roy Oswalt trade in July 2010. He was a runner up for Rookie of the Year after going 12-4 with two shutouts while posting a 2.93 ERA and 119 strikeouts for the ’09 Phils. With Houston he went 18-28 with a 4.84 ERA in about two full seasons of action.
Francisco came to the Phillies as the “other guy” in the trade that originally brought Cliff Lee to Philly. He hit a memorable homer in the 2011 NLDS but was traded to Toronto in the offseason for minor league hurler Frank Gailey. With the Jays Francisco barely played posting a .240/.296/.380 line with two RBI in 54 plate appearences.