With Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list and out for at least six weeks, the New York Yankees know they needed help for their starting rotation, as 80 percent of the original starting rotation from opening day is now on the sidelines.
On Friday, the Yankees added another new face to their pitching staff, as they have acquired Jeff Francis from the Oakland A's for cash considerations, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported.
The 33-year-old Francis was designated for assignment by Oakland last week, as he only made nine appearances out of the bullpen for Oakland this season and pitched to a 5.89 ERA.
Francis was a long-time member of th Colorado Rockies pitching staff from 2004-2010 and then again in 2012-2013; his best season was in 2007 when he went 17-9 and was a member of the Rockies team that went to the World Series that year.
Since then, Francis has fallen onto hard times, especially with injuries. He missed the entire 2009 season and has bounced around the league between the Kansas City Royals, Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and Oakland and now, will get another chance with the Yankees.
For his career, Francis is 70-80 with a 4.95 ERA in 217 starts and once finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting back in 2005 and finished ninth in the Cy Young voting back in 2007 with Colorado.
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