Tag:Frank Francisco
Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Jays, Rangers swap Napoli, Francisco

Frank Francisco
As confirmed by both teams, the Blue Jays and Rangers have pulled the trigger on a deal that sends catcher/DH/first baseman Mike Napoli to Texas in exchange for reliever Frank Francisco and cash.

On its surface, it's tough to see what the Rangers' motivation is here. Francisco's presence was going to allow them to give closer Neftali Feliz a chance to test the waters as a starter. Napoli (who has been a Jay for all of four days after being traded from the Angels) seems to duplicate what the Rangers already had -- the arrival of Adrian Beltre displaced Michael Young, who is going to make $16 million to DH and spell at first and around the infield.

What is Napoli's role? He can catch, but the Rangers already signed Yorvit Torrealba as the starter and have Matt Treanor as the backup. Napoli apparently will play first in place of Mitch Moreland against left-handers and DH when Young is in the field. Napoli, who led the Angels with 26 homers last year, also gives them a power boost. On one level, you could say the Rangers have traded a potentially valuable starter (Feliz) for a backup infielder/DH. Maybe this is a sign the Rangers weren't serious/confident about Feliz as a starter.

It seems like a nice move for the Jays, who not only get the closer they needed (assuming he can beat out Octavio Dotel) but save money in the process. Continuing the momentum of his fleecing of the Angels, it's been a nice week for general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Both players have arbitration hearings pending. Napoli is asking for $6.1 million while the Angels set the team number at $5.3 million. Francisco asked for $4.875 million with the Rangers offering $3.5 million.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Rangers come to terms with O'Day

Darren O'Day Keeping with the weekend's apparent Texas Rangers theme -- the team has agreed with reliever Darren O'Day on a contract for $1.251 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets (and corrects the ammount with another tweet ).

O'Day filed for arbitration, asking for $1.4 million, while the club offered $1.05 million. O'Day was 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 72 appearances last season, but he struggled in the World Series and ALCS, giving up four runs in 2 2/3 innings in those two rounds of the playoffs.

Frank Francisco and Josh Hamilton are the team's remaining arbitration cases. Hamilton said earlier this week that his case is scheduled for Feb. 14.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Feliz to work as a starter in spring

Neftali Feliz The Rangers lost out on Cliff Lee, but could be looking to add to their rotation from within -- looking at American League Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz to fill a spot in the rotation.

Or, at least they'll give him a look as a starter during spring training, Rangers manager Ron Washington tells the Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo .

"As of right now, we're going to bring [Feliz] into camp and give him the opportunity to stretch himself out," Washington said. "And if he shows us he's better fitted with our ball club to start, then we'll go in that direction.

"If not, we know he can close ballgames and we're very happy with that."

If Feliz joins the rotation, the team would move Derek Holland back to the bullpen and either Frank Francisco or Alexi Ogando would close.

Team president Nolan Ryan said he doesn't know what will happen with Feliz.

"See how he handles it and see how his breaking ball and his changeup are, and then we'll make a decision" Ryan said at the team's Fan Fest on Saturday (via the Dallas Morning News ). "We're looking at that. Do I think it will happen this year? I don't know if it will or it won't. But it's something that we're going to look at. We think with his body type and the way he throws, as free and easy as he does, that he has the potential to be a very good major league starter. I can't tell you if it's going to happen this year."

Feliz, for his part, said he's open to whatever the team wants.

"If they ask me to be a starter, I'll be a starter," he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "If they want me to stay a closer, I'll stay a closer. I really had fun [last] year as a closer."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:15 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 8:18 pm
 

Francisco expected to accept arbitration

Frank Francisco Rangers reliever Frank Francisco is likely to accept arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports .

Francisco is a Type A free agent, which could be hurting his value on the free-agent market. If a team signed him, he'd cost them a draft pick, something few teams are willing to do for a middle-reliever.

However, if Francisco does accept arbitration and a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, he could return to a different Rangers bullpen. There's been speculation that Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz could be moved to the rotation if the team loses out on Cliff Lee. If that happens, Francisco -- who had 25 saves in 2009 -- could be moved back into the closer's role. Feliz replaced Francisco as the team's closer early in the 2010 season. If he did take over as the team's closer, that would increase his value on the open market for the 2012 season.

At least, that seems to be the gamble Francisco is taking -- if you call getting a near-certain raise any type of gamble. Last season, Francisco made $3.265 million. Francisco appeared in 56 games last season, going 6-4 with 2 saves and a 3.76 ERA, striking out 60 batters while walking 18 in 52 2/3 innings.

If the Rangers miss out on Lee, they could take all that money they had set aside for him and go after closer Rafael Soriano.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:56 pm
 

Francisco throws off mound, unlikely to return

Frank Francisco When the Rangers lost Game 1 of the ALCS thanks to the bullpen imploding in the eighth inning, Texas was missing one man who could have stopped it all.

That's ex-closer and current setup man Frank Francisco, sidelined since Aug. 28 thanks to a strained muscle in his rib cage. He was ruled out for both the ALDS and ALCS, and while there is some optimism the righty could be ready for the World Series, it's but a shred of hope.

"I don't want to put that in my mind," Francisco told MLB.com of possibly returning for the World Series should the Rangers defeat the Yankees. "I want to take it step by step."

Francisco threw 20 pitches off the mound Sunday without pain, which is an important step toward recovery, but team officials believe it's too little, too late.

An impending free agent, Francisco tossed 52 2/3 innings, whiffing 60 and walking 18 while racking up just two saves after notching 25 last season in his first year as closer. The 31-year-old figures to get a nice deal somewhere in the offseason to serve as closer.

  -- Evan Brunell

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