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Rangers interested in bringing back Frank Francisco

Nov 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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If the Rangers move Neftali Feliz into the rotation they could simply turn closing duties over to Mike Adams, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that another possibility is reuniting with Frank Francisco.

Last offseason the Rangers traded Francisco to the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli, which worked out pretty damn well for Texas. According to Sullivan they’ve “expressed interest” in bringing him back as a free agent, but only for a one- or two-year contract.

He can’t be counted on for more than 50 or 60 innings, but over the past four seasons Francisco has a 3.54 ERA, 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, and a .226 opponents’ batting average while averaging 94.1 miles per hour with his fastball. He’s yet to cement his status as an “established closer” but he’s certainly plenty capable.

  1. texasdawg - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    I would welcome Frankie back to Texas because:

    1) he likes to smash A’s fans in the face with chairs, and
    2) he has the greatest intro song of all time.

    • cur68 - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      What’s his intro song then? Not “Walk Like Man?” I presume? That’s what he did for batters the Jay’s wanted him to get rid of.

      Note to Texas; do not do this. I want you to win. Closing out games at a league worse ratio is not WINNING. Duh.

  2. bobwsc - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    another potential MVP candidate for Evan Grant.

    • Kyle - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      This is just too good.

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Off topic. Looking at this picture, it brings up a subject I’ve been wanting to address: the atrocious BP hat. What in the hell is its purpose other than being ugly as sin and totally little league-ish? Why can’t paid athletes wear New Era game hats during Spring Training AND two hours before game time?

    • Mike Luna - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      MLB wants you to spend money on merchandise. Using the Rangers as an example: the team only has 2 hats, red and blue. Three if you count the 4th of July hats.

      The logic probably goes that if we (or our children) see the players wearing a hat, it increases the chances that we will want to own it (or buy it for our children). Thus, the BP hats. It’s just something else for us to spend $30 on.

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Now that Francisco is all but gone, the Jays are completely out of all the contractual costs associated with the Vernon Wells contract. The Jays do not begrudge the success Napoli had in Texas.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      I told AA: “There is only enough room for one Francisco in this town… make your choice…” The rest, as they say, is history.

  5. billymc75 - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    I’d rather they go after heath bell!

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Went with Nathan instead.

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