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Reds sign Jeff Francis

Jan 13, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Reds have signed left-hander Jeff Francis to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Francis showed a lot of promise early in his career with the Rockies, but was sidetracked by injuries and has posted a 5.26 ERA in 471 innings since missing all of the 2009 season. Last season he had a 6.27 ERA in 70 innings for Colorado.

He’s actually returning to the Reds organization after spending part of 2012 pitching for their Triple-A team, but Francis never pitched for Cincinnati in the big leagues and at age 33 he’s mostly just minor-league depth at this point.

  1. kcroyal - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Why on earth does Steamer have this guy at 2.1 war this year?!?

    • spudchukar - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Probably for the same reason that ZIPS loves the Reds too. What reason that is, is a mystery to me.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    this guy would look great in a bluejays uniform

  3. metalhead65 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    another great move by the reds! can never have enough guys with losing records or 5.00 ERA’s ready to step in and fail for your team to.

  4. csmountaineer - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I am a diehard reds fan. And i need some more reds blogs to follow.
    i currently follow:
    1. hardballtalk
    4.espn sports sports


  5. edelmanfanclub - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    It’s just a minor league deal people, if he sucks I’m sure he’ll be released or outrighted off the roster. His ERA is also a bit bloated from Coors Field, but it still not that great on the road..

    • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      I agree, however, the scary part is that if the Reds would happen to move Bailey, they currently have Francis or Wang to step in.

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