Found January 26, 2012 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
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 appealin...

Jeff Francis, Reds Caravan Kicks Off

Several media outlets reported yesterday that the Reds reached a minor league deal with left-handed starting pitcher Jeff Francis, to add options to their rotation. The 30 year old is 61-66 with a 4.78 ERA in his career, and won 17 games in 2007 with the Rockies. He spent last season with the Royals, making 31 starts, going 6-16, with a 4.82 ERA. It's unlikely that...

If not Frances maybe Duke

I'm a bit annoyed that another serviceable player has slipped through the Mets grasp at a reasonable price, Jeff Francis going to Cincy on a minor league deal says something about the state of the Mets.  When was the last time the Reds were a more appealing destination then NY when the Nasty Boys were pitching...Like I said when the rumors leaked last week; Francis is better...

Friday news and notes and a You Scout (Travis Webb)

The Reds signed Jeff Francis to a minor league deal, which I am sure you have heard about by now. But, maybe you haven’t heard that he has the choice to opt out of his contract by March 28th.With a good spring, I still don’t see him making the rotation unless there is an injury, and if there isn’t, he won’t be with the Reds in April. has released it’s Top 100 prospects...

Jeff Francis to the Reds

Jeff Francis signed a minor league deal with the Reds last night. I have more to say about this, but I'm really, really busy right now. I'll post more this evening. 

Reds sign SP Jeff Francis to Minor League deal

The Reds addressed their need for starting pitching depth tonight, as John Hayman reports that the Reds have signed starting pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor league deal.  Zack Links at MLBTR provides some basic info about Francis’ 2011 season. Francis spent 2011 with the Royals, posting a 4.82 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 across 31 starts.  His 183 innings of work was his highest...

A Few Reds Transactions: Wilson Valdez and Jeff Francis

The Cincinnati Reds were busy yesterday, making two deals to add depth to the club. First, they traded left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst to the Philadelphia Phillies for utility infielder Wilson Valdez. And really, “depth” is the nicest way to describe Valdez. Next season, he’ll be 34 years-old. He’s never hit well, posting a career .290 on-base percentage and a weak slugging...

Reds said to have deal with lefty Francis

Looking to supplement their rotation with extra depth, the Reds reached a Minor League deal late Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis.

Source: Reds agree with veteran lefty Francis

The Reds have agreed with free agent pitcher Jeff Francis on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to major league spring training camp, a baseball source said.

Reds agree to minor league deal with lefthander Jeff Francis

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Will the Mets sign another starter?

Last week it was reported by’s Jerry Crasnick that the New York Mets were one of four teams “keeping tabs” on 31-year-old free agent starter Jeff Francis.  After a couple of late night tweets from both Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, it seems as if the left hander has to a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds: #bbpBox_162378717291749376...
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