Francis announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. The lefty turned in strong numbers in his time with the Blue Jays' Triple-A Buffalo affiliate in 2015 (2.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP), but was knocked around at the major league level and ultimately decided "it was time" to hang up the cleats. A first-round pick in 2002 (ninth overall), he helped lead the Rockies to the World Series in 2007, going 17-7 with a 4.22 ERA, and ranks third in Rockies history with 64 career wins.
Blue Jays left-handed reliever Jeff Francis has cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, according to SportsNet. Francis was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday. The 11-year veteran has struggled in his first season with Toronto, and will look to right the ship in the minors. He could return to the team if a need for pitching depth arrises.
The Blue Jays have added pitcher Todd Redmond from Triple-A Buffalo and designated pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment, according to SportsNet. Francis posted a 1-2 record with a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings of work. He recorded 15 strikeouts with five walks. Redmond posted a 5.06 ERA with a 3-1 record in 26 2/3 innings of work in Triple-A.
After Blue Jays rookie starting pitcher Daniel Norris lasted just three innings and 78 pitches on Thursday at Cleveland, Toronto leaned on veteran pitcher Jeff Francis to help pick up the slack. He did just that, earning his first relief win of the season as he allowed one run on three hits and no walks in 2 1/3 innings. Francis has a 3.60 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings (four relief outings) this season. "He's a veteran strike-thrower," catcher Russell Martin said, per MLB.com. "He's kind of deceptive -- everything comes out of the same angle. He hides the ball well and has got two different breaking balls with a nice changeup. He kind of varies the speeds on his fastball a little bit and just does enough to keep guys off balance. That's what he's been doing well."
When Jeff Francis entered Sunday's game in the fifth inning and pitched to catcher Russell Martin, it marked the first time in Blue Jays' history that the franchise featured a Canadian battery, reports the Toronto Sun. Francis, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, was called up by the Blue Jays from Triple-A before Sunday's game. Martin is from East York, Ontario.
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