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Rays non-tender Ben Francisco

After coming to arbitration agreements with their other eight eligible players, the Rays decided not to tender a contract to outfielder Ben Francisco.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Rays chose not to tender a contract to outfielder Ben Francisco before the deadline on Friday night, according to MLB.com's Bill Chastain.

Francisco, who was the Rays' only arbitration-eligible player to be non-tendered, will become a free agent. He joined the team on Aug. 31 after being acquired in a trade from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later. Francisco went on to hit .228/.270/.421 in 63 plate appearances with Tampa Bay, and finished the 2012 season with .234/.282/.402 batting line in 117 plate appearances with the Rays, Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.

Francisco's best season as a big leaguer came in 2008 with the Cleveland Indians. He hit .266/.332/.438 with 15 home runs and was one of the better defensive corner outfielders in the game.

Before deciding to non-tender Francisco, the Rays had already reached arbitration agreements with David Price, Jeff Niemann, Burke Badenhop, Matt Joyce, Sean Rodriguez, Reid Brignac, Sam Fuld and Ryan Roberts.

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