The Phillies traded Ben Francisco today to Toronto for minor league lefty reliever Frank Gailey.
Gailey, 26, who split the season between Single A and Double A in the Blue Jays' system is graduate of Archbishop Carroll and West Chester University.
The Daily News caught up with him about the trade and the prospect of coming home.
On the news he was coming home: “It’s amazing to get the news but it was bittersweet as well. I first started my career in Toronto learning the ropes in pro ball and left a lot of people up there who were influential to my career. But as soon as they said you’re going back to Philadelphia, I was ecstatic.”
On playing for the Phillies: “Growing up I just wanted to be one of those guys to wear that uniform. Now I can say I am one step closer to that dream. I got a ton of calls today. It was awesome to know that people still care about my career.”
On how he plays the game: “My type of game is to pound the zone and work quick, I like to believe I have what the Phillies are looking for and that I can help any team.”
On spring training in Clearwater, Fla.: "It’ll be weird not to be heading to Dunedin, since its so close to Clearwater, but I can’t wait to put on that red jersey after wearing that blue one for so long.”
On being a part of Toronto system as a Phillies fan: "My big picture is to play pro baseball, all around their clubhouse was the ring in 1993 and that took some time (as a Philadelphian) to get over. It’s crazy how it all worked out, but I am excited to be playing baseball and glad it’s now with my hometown organization."