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  1. Yankees designate Jeff Francis for assignment

    Jul 28, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    Two weeks ago the Yankees acquired Jeff Francis from the A’s as a roster reinforcement, but now they’ve designated the journeyman left-hander for assignment.

  2. The Blue Jays snapped a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium

    Jul 26, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

    Casey Janssen, Dioner Navarro

    The Blue Jays entered Saturday having lost 17 consecutive games at Yankee Stadium, but they did away with that this afternoon.

  3. Yankees acquire left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies

    Jul 24, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

    Chris Capuano Getty

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman continues to stay busy.

  4. Yankees acquire Jeff Francis from A’s

    Jul 11, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    Needing some emergency pitching depth following the Masahiro Tanaka injury news, the Yankees have acquired veteran left-hander Jeff Francis from the A’s.

  5. A’s activate Eric O’Flaherty, designate Jeff Francis for assignment

    Jul 3, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    As expected the A’s have activated reliever Eric O’Flaherty from the disabled list, completing his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery 12 months ago. To make room on the roster they designated left-hander Jeff Francis for assignment.

  6. Reds sign Jeff Francis

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com 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…

  7. Jeff Francis accepts Rockies’ assignment to Triple-A

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    In adding Roy Oswalt to the rotation ahead of tonight’s start the Rockies demoted Jeff Francis to Triple-A. Because he’s a veteran Francis had the ability to reject the assignment and become a free agent, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the left-hander has decided to remain with the Rockies in the…

  8. Rockies activate Jeff Francis, promote Tyler Colvin

    Jun 8, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

    The Rockies have added starter Jeff Francis back to the roster from the 15-day disabled list. Francis had missed three weeks with a strained left groin. In eight starts, the lefty had a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings of work. He will start tonight against the Padres, opposing Eric Stults. In a corresponding move, the…

  9. Rockies activate Michael Cuddyer; Rafael Betancourt and Jeff Francis make progress

    May 24, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer Getty

    The Rockies have activated Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list, tweets Troy Renck. The outfielder had been sidelined due to an inflamed cervical disc, halting a fantastic start to the year. The 34-year-old carried a .319/.383/.580 line through May 8, his last appearance. It should be noted his numbers are much better at Coors…

  10. Why am I watching this Braves-Rockies game?

    Apr 23, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    It was 23 degrees for the first pitch of the Braves-Rockies game. It’s the coldest game on record at Coors Field. And it’s the first of a day-night doubleheader. Guys are slaughtering tauntauns out there just to keep warm in between pitches. In the fourth inning B.J. Upton struck out on a 64 m.p.h. pitch…

  11. 2013 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Walt Weiss Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies dig themselves out of last place? The Rockies went 64-98 last…

  12. Report: Rockies sign Chris Volstad to minor league contract

    Jan 20, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    The Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports that the Rockies have signed former first-round pick Chris Volstad to a minor league deal that will net him $1.5 million if he makes the team. It has to be a disappointing outcome for the 26-year-old Volstad, who was originally acquired by the Royals this winter, only to be…

  13. The Rockies are interested in Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe and Brandon Webb

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies are interested in three pitchers: The Rockies have interest in Jair Jurrjens, who plans to play in the WBC, and Derek Lowe and Brandon Webb, who’s expected to throw for scouts soon. All three are gambles, of course. Jurrjens is coming off a horrific season and his…

  14. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  15. Jeff Francis’ one-year deal with Rockies worth $1.5 million

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    jeff francis getty

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has the financial details of Jeff Francis‘ one-year contract with the Rockies: He gets $1.5 million in guaranteed money, plus another $1.5 million in potential incentives. Francis worked in the mid-80s with his fastball this year and posted a 5.58 ERA in 113 innings for the Rockies, but did top 6.0…

  16. Rockies re-sign left-hander Jeff Francis to one-year deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    jeff francis getty

    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Rockies have re-signed left-handed starter Jeff Francis to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on the financial details. Francis posted a brutal 5.58 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 24 starts this past season for Colorado, fanning only 76 batters in 113 innings of work. He…

  17. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 28, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 6, Rays 5: Adrian Beltre was last week’s player of the week after hitting for the cycle one night and hitting three bombs on another. He’s off to a good start for that award again, going 3 for 3 with a homer a double and four RBI. David Price had one of his worst…

  19. Josh Beckett gives up mammoth homer, takes loss in Dodgers debut

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett was rudely welcomed back to the National League on Monday, getting lit up by very first batter he faced, Tyler Colvin, on his way to taking a loss to the Rockies. Colvin launched an 0-1 fastball off the facing of the upper deck (here’s the video) to get the Rockies off on the right…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Phillies 7, Brewers 6: It’s hard to imagine a more demoralizing series than the one the Brewers just experienced. In all three games they fell victim to last inning rallies. This one after their own rally brought them back from a 5-1 deficit, tied with a Ryan Braun homer in the eighth. Then they take…

  21. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  22. Jeff Francis agrees to stay with Reds, but will be at Triple-A

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    Jeff Francis chose not to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Reds, hoping to stick around in camp beyond his opt-out date and win a big-league jump. Instead he’ll remain in the organization while beginning the season at Triple-A, where the 31-year-old left-hander hasn’t pitched regularly since way back in 2004. Back then…

  23. Ryan Madson to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    madson getty

    Ryan Madson returned to Cincinnati yesterday to have his ailing right elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek. The results were the worst-case scenario. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson will undergo Tommy John surgery after the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow was found to be “torn off the bone.” It’s a…

  24. Jeff Francis won’t opt out of minor-league deal with Reds

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    As part of his minor-league contract with the Reds left-hander Jeff Francis the ability to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 28, but that won’t be happening. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his odds of securing a spot in the Reds’ rotation…

  25. Yoenis Cespedes is not guaranteed a job either. Or so says Billy Beane.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Cespedes BP2

    It’s understandable that Manny Ramirez is going to be out of the picture for a while. But would you believe Yoenis Cespedes could be shuffled off to the minors too? I don’t believe it, but Billy Beane is at least making noises that Cespedes will not simply be given a job: Beane would not guarantee…

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