Showing posts with label Jeff Francis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Francis. Show all posts

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jeff Francis signs a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds

Jeff Francis was a pitcher the Mets had on their radar, but he has decided to go to Cincinnati instead.

Free agent pitcher Jeff Francis signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, insider Jon Heyman has learned.

Francis, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 183 innings for the Royals last season. He was once an effective starter, but that was back in 2006-07 with the Rockies.

Not only that, but the Reds have plenty of starting pitching. Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto are the top two in the rotation, with Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey in tow as well. Plus, left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman is being converted to a starter this spring as well. So even if Francis gets a nod in the rotation before long reliever Sam LeCure, he is the seventh option.

On the other hand, Latos, Cueto, Arroyo, Leake and Bailey are all right handed. If Chapman doesn't cut it as a starter, it's entirely possible Francis gets a look as the fifth starter at some point, just to have a lefty in there.

The Mets might still turn their attention to RHP Chris Young , who is coming off an arm injury.. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mets one of four teams interested in Jeff Francis

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says the Mets are among four teams “keeping tabs” on LHP Jeff Francis.

Francis, 31, went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA 183 innings over 31 starts for the Royals last season. Although he allowed 224 hits, he allowed just 39 walks while striking out 91.

It was the first time he had made more than 30 starts in a season since 2007, when he went 17-9 and a 4.22 ERA with the Rockies.


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Igarashi, Young, Chavez

In case you missed the Mets news of late, here are some of the highlights:

Igarashi outrighted to Triple A

Ryota Igarashi cleared waivers as expected and was outrighted to Triple-A, according to Adam Rubin of The Mets DFA'd Igarashi last week.

Nationals Not interested in Chris Young

The Nationals are not pursuing free agent starter Chris Young, reports Bill Ladson of  We heard two days ago that Young was close to a decision, with the Nats mentioned as a team that "may be in play" for his services.

With Washington out of the picture, that leaves the Mets as Young's primary suitors.  The Amazins have been rumored to be interested in Young all winter and at one point were thought to have offered the right-hander a contract worth more than $1MM in guaranteed money (the Mets denied the report).

Adam Rubin of  ESPN wonders if Chris Young is the top option remaining in the Mets' price range, now that the Royals have agreed to a deal with Jeff Francis.

Mets executive J.P. Ricciardi told Andrew Marchand of  ESPN that Young "could be a nice fit" for the team.

Mets sign Raul Chavez to minor league deal... 

The Mets have signed catcher Raul Chavez to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, reports's Adam Rubin (Twitter link).

Chavez, who turns 38 in March, last played in the majors in 2009, posting a .631 OPS in 168 plate appearances for Toronto.  He spent last season catching for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate.  The Mets will be Chavez's eighth franchise in a pro career that began in 1990.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chris Young Close to decision?

Free agent starter Chris Young could be close to choosing a new team, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link). 

Olney cites the Mets, who have been connected to Young all winter, and also mentions that the Nationals "may be in play" for the right-hander.

When last we heard of Young, the word was that he was willing to accept a contract worth less than $2MM due to concerns about his health. 

The Mets denied they had made an offer worth more than $1MM to Young, but still reported favored Young over other free agent options as Jeff Francis.

Washington is a new suitor for Young, but like the Mets, the Nats can also offer Young a chance to pitch in a pitcher-friendly ballpark and a shot at rebuilding his value for a long-term offer next winter. 

The Nationals were known to be looking for pitching this winter, but haven't done much in that department other than signing Chien-Ming Wang and Chad Gaudin.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mets Looking to Acquire Another Ex-Brewer?

“We’re looking for starting pitching, we’re looking for left-handed relief and fourth and fifth outfielder possibilities - I’d say in that order of priority” – New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson in an interview with ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
Mets fans already know about the need to acquire another arm to compete in the starting rotation, especially with our ace Johan Santana gone until at least the All-Star break.
After signing Chris Capuano last week, Alderson has stated this will not hinder the team from acquiring another reliable arm and word around the MLB rumor mill is the Mets have their eyes set on former Blue Jay and Brewer Dave Bush.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Mets remain patient for another starter, mull Dickey extension

In the quest to find another starter, the Mets remain patient and wait for prices to drop according to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News.

Even though the Mets have been linked to Chris Young and  Jeff Francis recently,  but team officials have reported, "nothing imminent" for any starters at this point.

The Mets have interest in Francis , but six other teams do too.  Despite the mutual interest between the team and Young, and discussions this month with Jeff Francis, the team source said Thursday, “I would be careful about attaching any specific names to us at this point (but) wouldn’t eliminate any of the names by any means.”

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A Tale of Young and Francis

Here is the latest happenings of Chris Young and  Jeff Francis saga ..... Both whom the Mets had high hopes they could sign.. 

ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Mets' offer to Chris Young "likely includes guaranteed money over $1 million." A team offical said that yesterday's Chris Capuano pickup will not take the team out of the running for other free agent starters.

The Mets deny that they offered Chris Young a contract, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.'s Buster Olney reported last night that the Mets had offered the tall right-hander a deal that's likely worth over $1MM.

The Royals are one of seven teams with interest in Jeff Francis, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). Crasnick named the Nationals, Pirates, Rangers, Yankees and Mets as suitors for the left-hander late last month. Those clubs, along with the Rockies, maintain interest in Francis, Crasnick writes.

It seems both are looking for some team to offer 3 Million per season (like Webb) and so far it's not happening. The Mets would love to get Young at a reasonable price. Who are we kidding?  I would love to get someone worth getting excited about...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Webb's contract sets the tone for others to sign...

According to Buster Olney of  ESPN, Brandon Webb's deal with the Rangers includes a base salary of $3 million... plus incentives that could bring total package to $8-10MM, Jerry Crasnick says.

That gives teams like the Mets a idea of what many "Low risk / High Reward players" like Jeff Francis and Chris Young can command. The Mets would love to pay anyone of those two pitchers a guaranteed 3 Mil per season since they only have 5 million to spend.

We should hear more rumblings in the next couple of days of where these players will sign.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

With Webb off the board, Mets Market for second and third tier pitchers opens

Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that Webb has agreed to terms with the Rangers pending a physical. This may take Texas out of the running for Carl Pavano, although the team likely wouldn't blanch at adding Pavano to the club.

The Mets market for 2nd and 3rd tier starting pitching officially opens. The services of  Chris Young and Jeff Francis are in question for the Mets now that Brandon Webb is off the board.  Depending on how much per year the Webb contract terms are , it will give other agents guidelines on what they can ask for. Especially for guys coming off injuries like Young and Francis.. The Mets have roughly 5 Million to spend and I guess they would like to spend only that. Most of these pitchers on the market are asking for over 5 Million per season . 

Other free agent options for the Mets besides Francis and Young are Jeremy Bonderman, Brian Bannister, Doug Davis, Justin Duchscherer, Freddy Garcia, Brandon Looper, Rodrigo LopezPedro Martinez, Kevin Millwood, Brad PennyNate Robertson, Ian Snell, Jarred Washburn, Todd WellenmeyerBrian Burres, and Jeff Suppan. Pretty slim pickings, I'd say...

Poll: Where Will Jeff Francis Sign?

MLBTR has conducted a poll on where Jeff Francis will sign...Out of about 4,000 votes, 28% of people think he will sign with the Mets..

Wish full thinking people

Click Here to see - Poll: Where Will Jeff Francis Sign?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 New York Mets Starting Rotation: An Optimistic Review

So we all have read that Johan Santana won’t be with us the first half of the season. This is a tough pill to swallow for New York Mets fans and to be completely blunt about it, I’m tired of the pessimism surrounding the New York Mets for this upcoming 2011 season from media and fans alike.

The world is not over! The season hasn’t even begun yet! It’s only December!

For my own piece of mind, here is what we are looking at for the 2011 starting rotation, and honestly, it’s not as bad as many of us think it is. Actually, it’s not that bad at all…

Mike Pelfrey
He’s got solid stuff, we know it and he knows it. Big Pelf just needs a little push over the edge to have the breakthrough year his 6’7” frame is capable of having.
He was definitely the best pitcher on staff last season, going 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA and that is including his horrible 0-3, 10.02 ERA July. Take that month away, and we would be looking at the 11th best pitcher in the NL going 15-6 with a 2.95 ERA.
Pelfrey has already shown that he can pitch like an ace, which makes 2011 that much more important for him.
Already tabbed the Opening Day starter by manager Terry Collins, Big Pelf has the rare opportunity to carry this pitching staff on his shoulders and lead them to a successful 2011 campaign.
Expect big things from Big Pelf in 2011.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mets wait for pitchers market to open, Eye Garcia as possible arm

According to Andy Martino of  the NY Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market for free agent starting pitchers, waiting for the asking prices for Chris Young and other low-risk, high-reward possibilities to drop.

According to a source close to Martino, they have also expressed preliminary interest in Freddy Garcia, although talks so far have been limited.

Garcia, 34, has intrigued the Mets, Yankees and White Sox, among other teams, and is seeking less than the $5 million guaranteed that the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Jon Garland this winter.

He is, however, believed to be looking for a raise from the $1 million guaranteed he earned last season, when he went 12-6, with a 4.64 ERA with the White Sox. Garcia is not close to signing with any team.

Freddy by the Numbers:

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mets Rumors and Notes Day 1 of the Winter Meetings

According to MLBTR:

The Mets are one of six to eight teams with some interest in D.J. Carrasco, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse (on Twitter).

The Mets are more serious about Young than Francis, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (on Twitter).

The Mets will listen on David Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran, an official of a rival team tells's Jayson Stark (on Twitter). However, a team official tells Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork that it's highly unlikely that the Mets move one of those three players (Twitter link).

"There is definitely big interest out there" for Carlos Beltran, tweets Newsday's David Lennon.  Lennon feels that a healthy Beltran could fetch a nice haul in July.

The Mets met with Jeff Francis' agents at Frontline, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.  As you know, the Mets are also looking at Chris Young.  But SI's Jon Heyman tweets that they appear to find Brandon Webb too risky.

Keep Jerry Hairston Jr. in mind as a possibility for the Mets, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
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