Pirates, Mariners, Twins Interested In Jeff Francis

1:06pm: Francis' agent will also meet with the Pirates and Twins this week, tweets Morosi.

TUESDAY, 11:04am: The Mariners will meet today with Francis' agent, tweets Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.  Francis is represented by Frontline, as our agency database shows.

MONDAY, 12:09pm: The Mariners are also interested in Francis, tweets Morosi.  Additionally, the Ms have interest in old favorite Jamie Moyer.  

11:19am: The Pirates are among the teams with interest in free agent lefty Jeff Francis, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The Bucs were in on Francis a year ago, but with a healthy season in the books he'll certainly require more than a one-year, $2MM guarantee this time.

The Pirates also reportedly have interest in free agent pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Aaron Cook.


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24 Comments on "Pirates, Mariners, Twins Interested In Jeff Francis"


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Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

Pirates interested in Jeff Francis. I read that as “Pirates couldn’t care less about winning.”

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Pirates have interest in:  Jeff Francis, Ian Stewart, Aaron Cook…signed Clint Barmes…Garret Atkins last year…trending anyone? 

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BobbyJohn
3 years 7 months ago

I had the exact same thought.

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BobbyJohn
3 years 7 months ago

I had the exact same thought.

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domaug
3 years 7 months ago

saying “certainly require more than one year, $2M” for Jeff Francis scares me a bit.  his numbers are awful.  i think Maholm has better numbers (not in win percentage, but i think in ERA and other stats)

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goner
3 years 7 months ago

agreed, Jeff Francis is clearly no upgrade from Paul Maholm, unless Maholm’s injury is much more serious than previously reported.

Francis 2011: 85 ERA+, 1.437 WHIP, 0.9 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9, 4.5 K/9, 1.4 bWAR
Maholm 2011: 105 ERA+, 1.294 WHIP, 0.6 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9, 5.4 K/9, 2.6 bWAR

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

you people on here seriously need to think about who the pirates are actually fit to sign. they cant go after the big name free agents (ie: pujols, fielder, buehrle, cj wilson, kuroda, beltran, darvish, rollins, oswalt) because they want to play for WINNERS WITH MONEY!! the only way the pirates obtain someone like those on that list is to grossly overpay them such as the nationals and jason werth. the pirates are pretty much a below-average market based on payroll and population of the market. personally, i want huntington to sign edwin jackson and then be done with it. rotation of jackson, morton, karstens, mcdonald, correia….DONE. if not jackson, sign erik bedard. his numbers are very similar to maholm’s but bedard has slighter more velocity. both work horse lefties too

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Calvin Pancoast
3 years 7 months ago

Did you just call Erik Bedard a “workhorse lefty”?  Seriously?

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$3513744
3 years 7 months ago

It’s kind of a perfect fit when your criteria for a workhorse is to finish at the bottom of the league every year.  Someone remind me again why they still have a team there?  

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

A workhouse with that many injuries would’ve been laid out Barbaro style long ago.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Bedard is one of the most fragile pitchers in MLB.  He is a DL move waiting to happen, like Ryan Doumit was.  Sad thing, he would be our number one in the rotation.

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bigpat
3 years 7 months ago

Maholm/Duke version 2.0.