Rockies agree to a one-year deal with Jeff Francis

by Matthew on December 6, 2012

Jeff Francis helped stabilize the Rockies’ rotation after rejoining the team as a free agent in June, and on Wednesday is reported to have re-signed with the team for another year.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Rockies and Francis have agreed to a one-year contract pending a physical.

Free agent lefty Jeff Francis has agreed on a one-year major league deal with #rockies pending a physical, source said.
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Jerry Crasnick

 

And while the financials are not yet known, speculation is that it will be similar to the deal he signed last summer, which featured a $750,000 base with $200,000 in incentives for innings pitched.

Francis, who finished 6-7 last season with a 5.58 ERA and ranks second in Rockies’ history with 67 wins, provides depth and protection for a pitching staff that features three pitchers returning from injuries in 2013.

The 31-year old had 76 strikeouts in 113 innings in 2102 for the Rockies in 24 starts. He enjoyed the two best years of his career in Colorado in 2006-07, before missing the 2009 season following shoulder surgery.

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