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Reports indicate the Mets have some interest in free agent starter Jeff Francis.
When you take a quick glance at Francis’ 6-16, 4.82 ERA with Kansas City last season, and you wonder how he could help the Mets. First, and most obvious, the Mets lack big league caliber pitching depth. They were fortunate to get through a majority of last season with only 6 starters, but like most big league team’s they were required to go 9 deep in order to make it through 162 games. Dillon Gee replaced Chris Young; Miguel Batista and Chris Schwinden were called on in September, while D.J. Carrasco took the second game of an early season doubleheader against Atlanta.
Francis was on the Mets radar last offseason, but signed with the Royals for $2 million plus incentives. Looking past the poor record and ERA, there is reason to believe he deserved better, and may be a good fit for a National League club.
His FIP (4.10) and xFIP (4.29) outperformed his ERA by more than a half a run. If you add in a move ...
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Original Post, Jan. 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm:
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Retro Batting Practice Jersey, Frenchy Quarter Thursday & 2nd Annual Celebrity Classic Game Highlight Promotions Lineup
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