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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 total since 2007, the season before he suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery and caused him to miss the entire 2009 campaign.
The 31-year-old Francis pitched six years for the Colorado Rockies. His best season was 2007 when he finished ninth in the NL Cy Young balloting. The last two years his FIP was substantially below his ERA. Bill James projects Francis for an ERA of 4.22 and FIP of 4.02 this year. His FIP last year was actually lower than his 2007 season.
Nothing but upside with this signing. Starting pitcher depth has been a concern after they traded Travis Wood for Sean Marshall. Fr...
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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.
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The Cincinnati Reds have signed Jeff Francis to a minor league deal, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
In 2011 with the Royals, Francis went 6-16 with a 4.82 era.
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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...
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.
MLB.com has released it’s Top 100 prospects...
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.
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...
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.
Looking to supplement their rotation with extra depth, the Reds reached a Minor League deal late Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis.
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Last week it was reported by ESPN.com’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: