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Jeff Francis: Retiring from baseball
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.
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
Blue Jays RP Jeff Francis clears waivers, will join Triple-A
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.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Blue Jays add Todd Redmond, DFA pitcher Jeff Francis
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.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Blue Jays' Jeff Francis bails out rookie pitcher to earn first win
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."
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
Jeff Francis, Russell Martin become Blue Jays' first Canadian battery
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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Blue Jays add Jeff Francis, option Colt Hynes
The Blue Jays selected the contract of pitcher Jeff Francis Sunday while optioning pitcher Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo. A 10-year major-league veteran, Francis tossed five shutout innings in his only start with Triple-A Buffalo, striking out five while allowing two hits and two walks. Hynes gave up two hits without recording an out Saturday and departs with a 6.00 ERA and 4:2 K:BB ratio in three innings.
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
Blue Jays still looking for lefty for bullpen
The Blue Jays are looking for another lefthander for their bullpen, as Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury has created a ripple effect throughout the pitching staff. Stroman's vacancy in the starting rotation will be filled by Aaron Sanchez, who was expected to share closing duties with Brett Cecil. That means Cecil can't help with relief in the middle innings, as was the original plan when he was slated as a co-closer. Manager John Gibbons told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm that it would be "ideal" to find another southpaw to help with the mid-innings. Jeff Francis , signed by the team during the offseason, is a candidate. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings with three teams last year. "He's a different type pitcher now, but I could see a place on this team for him. ... He's going to come out and throw strikes, and that's so valuable coming out of the bullpen," Gibbons said. "You don't want to bring in guys trying to find the strike zone. He can be tough on lefties, but he can also get righties out. I think, too, coming out of the bullpen in that role, that can extend his career another four or five years. He's a great competitor." Colt Hynes, who went 1-4 with a 3.67 for two Triple-A teams last year, is also a candidate for the spot.
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
Blue Jays sign Jeff Francis
The Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor-league deal, according to Sportsnet. Francis spent last season with three different clubs. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings.
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Yankees release Jeff Francis
The Yankees released pitcher Jeff Francis Tuesday. Francis was designated for assignment last week. He has made appearances with three teams this season, posting a 5.85 ERA and 15:3 K:BB ratio in 20 innings.
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Yankees make minor roster moves
The Yankees have promoted outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and designated for assignment veteran left-hander Jeff Francis. Almonte played for the Yankees in brief stints this season with four hits in 25 at-bats.