Reliever Francis traded to Yankees

Reliever Francis traded to Yankees

SEATTLE -- The Athletics traded left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis to the Yankees on Friday. Last week, Francis was designated for assignment when Oakland brought reliever Eric O'Flaherty off the 60-day disabled list.

In the deal, the A's will send Francis, 33, and cash considerations to New York in exchange for a player to be named.

Francis made nine appearances with Oakland, going 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA and one save in 13 1/3 innings after the club selected him off waivers from the Reds on May 18.

"We were always trying to have that depth," said manager Bob Melvin. "New York's had some injuries and it makes sense and we wish him the best."

In 10 appearances with the A's and Cincinnati this season, Francis is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.