The Cincinnati Reds and left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The 33-year old Canadian born player is a nine-year veteran who played most of his career with the Colorado Rockies while also making a short stop in Kansas City.
Making his debut in 2004, Francis was a starting pitch in the Rockies rotation starting in 130 games over five seasons. He went 51-44 with a 4.74 ERA over that span while pitching just under 800 total innings. After missing time in the 2008 and 2009 seasons due to surgery, Francis before returning to play in 2010.
Last year with the Rockies, Francis appeared in 23 games, starting 12. He went 3-5 with a 6.27 ERA. This is the second stint in the Reds organization after Cincinnati signed Francis to a similar deal early in 2012 before he opted out before the season began. It looks as though he will spend most of his time in the minors. He may get an opportunity if the Reds staff decide to put an inning limit on Tony Cingrani or another member of the rotation goes down with a serious injury.
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