Skip to content

The Royals sign Jeff Francis

Jan 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

Jeff Francis

UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick reports that Francis will get a $2M base salary. He can make $2M more in incentives based on starts and innings pitched. Seems like a good deal. Especially considering that Brad Penny just got $3 million base, $3 million incentives.

9:40 AMJerry Crasnick just tweeted that the Royals have signed free agent starter Jeff Francis to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

This is a much-needed signing for the Royals, whose rotation is otherwise avert-your-eyes awful.  While no ace — his overall 2010 numbers amounted to a 5.00 ERA in 19 starts — Francis looked much better in the second half, gaining some velocity and otherwise shaking off the rust after missing all of 2009 with shoulder surgery.  He should be a quality mid-rotation kind of guy next year.

Which in Kansas City means that he should be a candidate for the Opening Day starter’s gig.

  1. dodger88 - Jan 14, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    And if Francis rebounds they can move at the trade deadline. Good move and uncharacteristic of the Royals who would more typically have given someone like Francis a multi-year deal, thus reducing the chances of a trade.

    • BC - Jan 14, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Agree – if he’s decent and back to where he was before injury, someone can grab him on the cheap to be a fourth or even third starter. If not, hey, the Royals are going to suck pond water anyway.

  2. baseballstars - Jan 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Craig, why haven’t you posted the Craig Breslow (of the Oakland A’s) parody video of Rex Ryan?

    I am disappoint.

  3. seanmk - Jan 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    really good move, might be their best starter in 2010, if he comes back to his 2007 form. he’ll at the very least get them innings

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. H. Ramirez (2412)
  2. G. Stanton (2370)
  3. G. Springer (2352)
  4. C. Correa (2323)
  5. J. Baez (2307)