The Reds have signed free-agent LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports reported on Twitter.
Last week, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said the Mets, Reds, Blue Jays and Mariners had been “keeping tabs” on Francis.
Francis, 31, went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 183 innings during 31 starts for the Royals last season. Although he gave up 224 hits, he allowed just 39 walks while striking out 91.
It was the first time he had made more than 30 starts in a season since 2007, when he went 17-9 and a 4.22 ERA with the Rockies.
Matthew Cerrone: His market started to dwindle after the Winter Meetings. At that time, I heard he was seeking a two-year deal (like Chris Capuano), though most insiders predicted he would eventually sign a minor-league deal like he did with the Reds. I had heard the Mets were willing to spend $1 million or so on a player, but he would not be added to the 40-man, which would mean a minor-league deal. I’m guessing the situation in Queens was less appeali...