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White Sox sign Frank Francisco

Apr 14, 2014, 5:43 PM EDT

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Veteran reliever Frank Francisco has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox.

Francisco was slated to be the Mets’ closer last season, but instead elbow problems kept him sidelined until September and he made a total of just eight appearances. He also wasn’t any good for the Mets in 2012, saving 23 games with an ugly 5.47 ERA after signing a two-year, $12.5 million deal as a free agent.

Injuries and poor control made Francisco a poor fit as a closer, but he’s always missed plenty of bats and thrown plenty hard. If healthy he could help Chicago in a setup role, especially given the White Sox’s current need for bullpen depth. For now he’ll head to Triple-A at age 34.

  1. straightouttavtown - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Well he’s better than Lindstrom so I’m guessing he’ll be closing for them in no time.

  2. stekaz - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    As a Mets fan: seemed like a very thoughtful and nice guy. Also likes to fall behind in the count and serve meatballs.

    • brandonmauk - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      He also called the Yankees chickens so that was fun

  3. gonderfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Another good move to bolster the bullpen. We aren’t going to finish 6th this year!

  4. martyks55 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    As bad as last year was, I believe the Sox have turned things around in the front office. They have made quite a few great moves, and have steadily rebuilt the club. Maybe they are a long way from a powerhouse, but they are probably further away from the joke of the league they were last year than they are from a high quality team. At least this team is fun to watch again. Yes, they have deficits, but one gets a sense they are working very hard to address them. Go Sox.

  5. bk - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM


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