The left-hander has gotten calls from the Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees with "varying degrees of interest," ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweets . The Rockies still have interest in bringing him back, MLB.com's Thomas Harding writes . The Brewers had reportedly had interest in Francis, but that was before the Zack Greinke deal.
Francis will turn 30 in early January. He made 19 starts in 2010 after missing all of 2009 following shoulder surgery. He was 4-6 with a 5.01 ERA. In 2008, he struggled with his shoulder and went 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA. From 2005-2007, he appeared to be the Rockies' great pitching hope, going 44-32 with a 4.65 ERA, before being derailed by injuries.
The former first-rounder finished a four-year, $13.25 million deal after this season before becoming a free agent. He will likely have to sign a one-year "show me" deal to prove he can still be an effective starter.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans