Reds, Francis Agree To Minor League Deal

The Reds have agreed to sign free agent left-hander Jeff Francis to a minor league deal, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The 31-year-old is represented by Frontline Sports Management.

Last week it was reported that Francis was gaining interest from clubs, including the Reds, Mariners, Blue Jays, and Mets. The Cubs were also linked to the veteran before the New Year.

Francis spent 2011 with the Royals, posting a 4.82 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 across 31 starts.  His 183 innings of work was his highest total since 2007, the season before he suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery and caused him to miss the entire 2009 campaign.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) first reported that the two sides were nearing an agreement.


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15 Comments on "Reds, Francis Agree To Minor League Deal"


Jamie Sayer
3 years 7 months ago

His 85 mph fastball would have gotten lit up in the AL East. I’m glad the Jays didn’t sign him, even if he is Canadian.

slasher016
3 years 7 months ago

He’s not likely to make the team, insurance move.

3 years 7 months ago

Walt continues to make his way thru his offseason check list.. Great signings, keep em’ coming please.

MNTwins12
3 years 7 months ago

Solid signing by the Reds.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Solid depth signing. Whats the deal with Chapman? Is he starting ever or what?

James Grenard
3 years 7 months ago

i remember when this guy was a “can’t miss” prospect lol

3 years 7 months ago

I remember when he carried his team to the World Series and then blew out his labrum…lol

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

his stats were ok as a royal…surprised he couldnt get one Major league minimum offer 

nestleraisinets
3 years 7 months ago

this is actually a steal in my opinion. Any additional lefty Pitching is a good move…

TophersReds
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, that’s weird. Oh well. I still like the singing, considering he is sold depth if a starter goes down with ML experience.

TophersReds
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, that’s weird. Oh well. I still like the singing, considering he is solid depth if a starter goes down with ML experience.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

When did Iggy Pop resort to plagiarism? 😛

CAD_Monkey
3 years 7 months ago

Hahaha!

3 years 7 months ago

I understand what you are saying, but I doubt anybody wants Bronson. He had a BAD year and make way to much. I think we are stuck with him. I don’t think anyone would take him for his salary and no player in return, so asking for a bag of balls is way to much. I don’t know what he is owed but I am thinking the Reds would have to pay half of his salary in order to move him. That will only free up 5mil max.  

TophersReds
3 years 7 months ago

Well played, sir. Well played.

(It figures the one time I don’t re-read my comment something like this happens…haha)