From a Trenton Thunder Press Release:
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced that RHP Francisco Butto has been transferred to Columbus (AAA).
Butto was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on December, 18 2005. He posted a 0-1 record with and a 3.18 ERA for the Thunder in three games this season.
Butto split time in 2005 between Clearwater (A) and Reading (AA) in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He had a 1-2 record with a 3.49 ERA in 17 games with Clearwater. Butto notched a 2-5 record and a 3.65 ERA in 36 games with the Reading Phillies. In 2004, Butto appeared in 36 games, including 14 starts for Clearwater. Butto was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Philadelphia (2/9/99).
I’ve never heard of Francisco Butto. But, I can tell you that he’s now one step closer to the Bronx than he was yesterday.
I wonder why the Phillies gave up on him? Could it be because he lied about his age when he signed? Could it have something to do with him being involved in a murder investigation in Venezuela?
This is a strange case, at least to me.