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Blue Jays, Frank Francisco avoid arbitration with $4 million deal

Jan 29, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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Right on cue, the Blue Jays just announced via their Twitter feed that they have avoided arbitration with reliever Frank Francisco by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Francisco, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli earlier this week, requested $4.875 million and was offered $3.5 million from the Rangers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month, so he ultimately settled for a little below the midpoint. He accepted arbitration from the Rangers in November due to his Type A free agent status.

The 31-year-old Francisco lost his closer job to Neftali Feliz last April and his season was eventually cut short due to a strained muscle in his side, but he still managed to compile a 3.76 ERA and 60/18 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings. He should have the advantage over Octavio Dotel and Jon Rauch for the closer role in Toronto this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    This is funny. The Jays say that they have a policy of not negotiating once both sides have submitted the $ amounts prior to arbitration. They made an “exception” for Francisco because the dollar amounts for him were submitted when he was with Texas. In the case of Frasor, they got around their self imposed policy by adding a club option for 2012.

    • D.J. Short - Jan 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      Ha. Technicalities, I guess.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    The only Blue Jay still in arbitration is Bautista and I suspect that the 2 sides are still talking about a long term deal. A structure along the following line might work. 9 million for 1 year followed by a team option for 3 years at about $14 million a year.

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