Reds Release Jeff Francis

The Reds have released Jeff Francis at his request according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN (on Twitter). The veteran southpaw exercised a June 1st opt-out clause in his minor league contract.

Francis, 31, pitched to a 3.72 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 77 1/3 innings across 12 starts for Cincinnati's Triple-A affiliate. He threw a nine-inning complete game shutout just last night. Given his solid performance in the minors and the demand for pitching, Francis could wind up signing a Major League contract and join a team's rotation in short order.


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  1. Paging the Padres.

  2. Daniel Wesley 3 years ago

    The Royals have a plethora of AAAA pitchers currently in the rounds and I have to think Francis is a tick better than all of them. Dayton, at least give the man a call!

  3. Dayton Moore is probably already on the phone with him

  4. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    He’d be a more effective starter than Daniel Bard.

  5. TophersReds 3 years ago

    Well, there goes our decent SP depth in AAA. 

  6. bradspencer 3 years ago

    Blue Jays. They love average Canadian players

  7. Number17 3 years ago

    Red Sox?

  8. As a Reds fan, this sucks.  It was nice to have some veteran depth in AAA in case of injuries or poor performances.  Here is where I would add “guess he didn’t want to get a World Series ring this year…” but I will refrain due to the inevitable string of negative comments.  I’m sure he’ll find a place to start as a #4 or 5.

    • TophersReds 3 years ago

      Don’t get too ahead of yourself. The Reds are looking good, but you can’t win a championship in June. We’ll see how the next few months play out before making such bold predictions. 

      • You can in the NBA and NHL.  That’s 1/3 of the relevant pro sports leagues in the US.  Note: I didn’t count the NHL.

    • Jason_F 3 years ago

      Well, since you didn’t refrain, here goes.  I’m sure he cares a lot more about earning a major league paycheck than the remote chance the Reds have at getting a ring stacked on top of the smallish chance that he will ever even crack the major league rotation.

  9. rockfordone 3 years ago

    He’s a Cub -they sign this type – good-bye Dempster. How do look in orange or Tiger uni

  10. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    Giants could use the depth in Fresno, but he’ll probably get a major league offer.

  11. MNTwins12 3 years ago

    Get on this Terry Ryan. Pavano needs to go on DL, and Francis could be a nice replacement.

    • Rashomon 3 years ago

      Agree. I thought they were going to sign him before the season.

  12. Smrtbusnisman04 3 years ago

    I’m assuming Neil Huntington is on the phones non-stop trying to get Francis.
    The Pirates have tried to get him for the last two years.

  13. Guest 3 years ago

    Paging Jed and Theo. Your #5 starting pitcher is now available.

  14. Rabbitov 3 years ago

    Orioles sign him and designate Arrieta, book it. 

  15. StanleyHudson 3 years ago

    Red sox are looking for SP depth. This is starting pitching depth staring you right in the face, Cherrington.

  16. oseebhai 3 years ago

    He would get destroyed in the AL East, maybe the red sox really do need a stopgap presence though.

  17. agro23 3 years ago

    He should be a Padre by this time tomorrow.

  18. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    get this done A’s. 

    let’s not wait around for blackley and bartolo to start seriously getting lit up. 

  19. TophersReds 3 years ago

    He would still be better than any of our other SPs at AAA.

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