White Sox sign Frank Francisco, send him to Triple-A

White Sox sign Frank Francisco, send him to Triple-A
April 14, 2014, 4:45 pm
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The White Sox signed former Rangers and Mets closer Frank Francisco and assigned him to Triple-A on Monday, adding organizational bullpen depth with another recognizable name.

Francisco, a nine-year major league veteran, owns a 3.93 ERA with 73 saves in 387 career appearances split between Texas, Toronto and New York. Elbow issues limited Francisco to just eight games with the Mets last year, and the 34-year-old posted a career-worst 5.53 ERA with New York in 2012.

He'll join former Dodgers closer Javy Guerra -- who the White Sox claimed off waivers last month and hasn't allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings so far this season -- in Charlotte.

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This'll be Francisco's second go-around in the White Sox farm system. He was dealt from the Red Sox to White Sox (and was sent to Single-A Winston Salem) in 2002 in exchange for Bobby Howry, then was shipped to Texas along with two other minor leaguers to complete the first Carl Everett trade in 2003.

Francisco perhaps is most well-known for a dubious reason: In September of 2004, he threw a bullpen chair at a woman at an Oakland Athletics game, breaking her nose and earning him a suspension for the remainder of that season.