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Jeff Francis expected to pick a team within the next few days

Dec 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Jeff Francis

Jeff Francis fever is sweeping the hot stove.  Or whatever.

According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, the left-hander is expected to decide between offers from the Rockies, Mets, Brewers, Pirates and Nationals within the next couple of days.

Francis missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery just before spring training and posted an unremarkable 5.00 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 20 appearances (19 starts) in 2010.

But most of Francis’ struggles this year can be attributed to rust and the southpaw’s ongoing recovery from that February 2009 shoulder procedure.  He looked far better in the second half of the season and he actually managed a four-year high on the average velocity of his fastball, clocking in at 87.2 MPH.

On a one-year deal with some incentives thrown in, he should make a fine innings-eater in 2011.

  1. paperlions - Dec 18, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Late night last night? Pretty sad when you call Francis a right-hander when there is visual proof in the article that he is actually left handed.

    • Drew Silva - Dec 18, 2010 at 1:28 PM

      True, thanks.

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