After opting out of his minor league deal over the weekend, it appears that former No. 1 pick Jeff Francis is headed back to Denver.
The Reds wouldn’t add him to their roster, so Francis waved goodbye, and now the Colorado Rockies have publically acknowledged they are interested in signing the veteran pitcher.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, both sides are very close to a deal that would actually place the 31-year old Francis on the mound for the Rox as early as this weekend.
Francis went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA for the Kansas City Royals last season, and this year was 3-6 with a 3.71 ERA at Triple-A Louisville this season.
He spent his first six big-league seasons with the Rockies, who let him go after he developed shoulder trouble.
So, with the even though Colorado appeared to be in the market for a left-handed pitcher, it looks like their likely to opt for a reunion with a righty.