Tag:Jeff Francis
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:41 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 2:27 pm

Lefty Francis drawing attention

Jeff Francis Brandon Webb isn't the only reclamation project out there -- there's also Jeff Francis.

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

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: December 17, 2010 9:19 am

Mets looking to trade for starter

Tom Gorzelanny The Mets' search for a starting pitcher is more likely to be solved via trade than a free-agent reclamation project, Mike Puma of the New York Post writes .

Now, don't start getting dreams of Zack Greinke, Mets fans, lower your standards (surely, by now, you're used to this, aren't you?)

Anyway, Puma writes Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has already talked to the Cubs about Tom Gorzelanny (pictured). If that doesn't excite you, the team has talked, at least internally, about finding a way to shoehorn in arbitration-eligible right-hander Matt Garza, who is under team control through the 2013 season.

The team has talked to free-agent right-hander Chris Young, who is a big risk, and has apparently passed on lefty Jeff Francis, who was asking for $4 million for next season.

So rest easy, Phillies, you're still on track to have the best rotation in the division next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Cubs talking trades for starters

The Cubs are looking for pitching -- not only talking to the Rays about Matt Garza, but also talking about swapping left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny for right-handed starter Armando Galarraga, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat writes .

The Cubs have Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells at the top of their rotation. The team still has Carlos Silva under control, but his status remains murky, leaving a competition between Gorzelanny, Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija for the last two spots of the rotation.

The team has reportedly talked to representatives for Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis, as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 3:27 pm

Mets interested in Young, Francis

The Mets are apparently scared off by the risks of Brandon Webb and his shoulder  and are instead looking at Chris Young and Jeff Francis for their rotation, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets.

Webb isn't going to go without a team, though. The Cubs and Nationals have already met with his agent, Jonathan Maurer before the meetings. Maurer has talked to at least 10 teams. The Pirates could also be interested in Webb, the former Cy Young winner, as well as the Reds.

Young and Francis are hardly sure-bets. Young has missed most of the last two seasons with shoulder injuries. Francis was hurt much of 2008 before missing all of 2009 and was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 20 games for the Rockies in 2010.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:33 am
Edited on: December 3, 2010 11:18 am

Mets offer Francis major-league deal

Francis If Jeff Francis -- once the hopes and dreams of the Rockies faithful that tabbed him "Jeffrey Franchise" -- wants to return to the Rockies, it's going to have to be on a minor league deal.

Francis underwent shoulder surgery in 2009 and wasn't fully recovered in 2010, posting a 5.00 ERA in 104 1/3 innings. In 2008, he also had a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts but before that had a two-year span of 66 starts of a 4.16 ERA. Given Francis' game is command and being all that a crafty left-hander can be, he's best suited in the NL but could still have years of production ahead of him.

The Mets apparently agree, as FOX Sports relays, with the club offering Francis a major-league contract in addition to a real shot at cracking New York's rotation. There are certainly other teams who will offer Francis a shot at the starting rotation, but the Mets are in a strong position given the offer of a guaranteed big-league deal.

But the Mets will have to watch out for other teams jilted in the free-agent market making a play.

With the Pirates losing out on Jorge de la Rosa and certain to strike out against other top free agents, Pittsburgh could jump into the fray. They could easily offer a starting spot and can at least match the Mets in terms of dollars. You can't rule out other pitching-hungry teams as well, including the Padres, Brewers, Cardinals, Nationals, and the list goes on.

UPDATE : ESPN 's Jerry Crasnick refutes the report, saying no deal has been offered by New York.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 10:53 pm

Tuesday evening rumor roundup

Well, the first day of the general managers' meetings in Orlando was more eventful than expected. The Braves stole Dan Uggla from the Marlins, the Cardinals re-signed Jake Westbrook and Florida overpaid for John Buck.

There's other talk 'round the meetings and here's a few of the other notes from Tuesday:

• The Marlins are looking at a multi-year deal with right-hander Ricky Nolasco. (Miami Herald )

• Reds general manager Walt Jocketty says he's spoken to the agents for free agents Arthur Rhodes and Miguel Cairo. Asked if the Reds were likely to sign any outside free agents, Jocketty said, "probably not." (Cincinnati Enquirer )

• Jocketty says the Reds are talking to teams about acquiring a leadoff hitter. (MLB.com )

• The agent for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce says his client is open to selling out his arbitration-eligible years in a long-term deal. Bruce is a Super Two player. (MLB.com )

• Free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is drawing interest from the Pirates, Mariners, Rockies, Brewers and Astros. (ESPN.com )

• The Yankees are interested in left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano. (Newsday )

• Bill Hall could be an option for the Yankees. (FoxSports.com )

• Chad Tracy, who played for the Marlins and Cubs last season, has signed with Japan's Hiroshima Carp for about $1.3 million. (NPB Tracker )

• Former Red and Mariner Wladimir Balentien has reportedly signed to play in Japan. (NPB Tracker )

• Japan's SoftBank Hawks are working on signing Marcus Thames. (NPB Tracker )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:01 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 10:11 pm

Olivo unlikely to return to Rockies

Miguel Olivo Miguel Olivo is unlikely to return to the Rockies, that's what we've known for weeks.

The Rockies have a $2.5 million option on the catcher for 2010. Foxsports.com's Tracy Ringolsby reports (via Twitter ) that the team has declined its option on Olivo. However, MLB.com's Thomas Harding talked to general manager David O'Dowd, who said the team has yet to make a decision.

"We're allowed to take our time and make a decision tomorrow," O'Dowd told Harding.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post seems to make some sense of this, tweeting the team will likely decline the option, but is trying to work out a trade before making the decision.

Chris Iannetta is in the second year of a three-year, $8.35 million contract.

Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 2010. Olivo had a hot start, hitting .325/.377/.548 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break and .193/.225/.313 after the break.

Iannetta was hardly a world-beater, either. He hit .197/.318/.383 with nine home runs. Only three of his homers came after the break.

The Rockies did make one move -- and it was announced and confirmed -- declining its $7.5 million option on left-hander Jeff Francis. The Associated Press reported the team also declined its $4.5 million option on reliever Octavio Dotel.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:31 pm
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