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Jeff Francis downplays level of free agent interest

Dec 28, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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Last week Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported that at least five teams were pursuing Jeff Francis, but the Canadian left-hander talked to the Vancouver Province and downplayed the amount of interest he’s received as a free agent.

It’s exciting for people to read because they think there’s lots of things happening, but it’s not as fast-paced as it’s all made out to be. Teams are interested, but that’s about it at this point.

Francis finished a four-year, $13.25 million contract and the Rockies declined their $7.5 million option on him for 2011 after he went 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings coming back from shoulder surgery.

He’ll likely have to accept an incentive-laden one-year deal at this point, as Francis hasn’t been healthy and effective since winning 17 regular season games and two more in the playoffs during the Rockies’ run to the World Series in 2007.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    I have little faith in Randy Wells and Carlos Silva; I’d like to see Jeff be invited to Spring Training with the Cubs in 2011.

  2. Utley's Hair - Dec 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    In other news, Jeff Francis hires Scott Boras as his agent, and suddenly, 35 teams are interested in Francis, plus about 6 mystery teams.

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