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Five teams — including the Yankees — are interested in Jeff Francis

Dec 22, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

Jeff Francis

Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees have shown interest in Jeff Francis, who most recently pitched for the Rockies.  Some of those other teams have been mentioned before, but this is the first time anyone has reported the Yankees’ interest.

As Drew noted over the weekend, Francis was rusty at times last year, but he improved in the second half and his velocity was up.  He could be a good candidate for sharp improvement in 2011. There aren’t a lot of teams who he couldn’t help in some capacity, even if it’s just as a fourth or fifth starter.

  1. BC - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Good move if the Yankees grab him. Or depending on the price tag, why not Texas or Tampa?

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    What about the obligatory “Mystery Team”?

    • BC - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:31 AM

      Oh shoot, yeah right, I forgot. Maybe the Phillies will nab him. ;-)

  3. Ari Collins - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    As a Sox fan, really really hope the Yanks don’t get him. I think he’s a great gamble for somebody.

  4. pisano - Dec 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Hell, at this point they’re interested in any pitcher that can stand and breathe as long as he doesn’t have a strained ass muscle. Carl you need not apply.

  5. f1shcustoms - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Maybe the Yanks can sign his sister Connie too. I heard her stuff really humms.

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