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The Royals sign Jeff Francis

Jan 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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

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