Colorado Rockies Desperate For Pitching Sign Jeff Francis
Denver, CO – In a move that sounds more like desperation than an improvement, the Colorado Rockies have signed former Rockie Jeff Francis. Francis opted out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds and has been pitching in minor league Louisville. In his last start Francis threw a shutout but is 3-6 with a 3.72 ERA over 12 games but has shown good control with 65 strike outs and only 18 walks.
With the release of Jamie Moyer, injuries to Juan Nicasio, Jhoulys Chacin and the poor performance of Jeremy Guthrie and Josh Outman, the Rockies may be reaching with Francis but had to do something.
Rockies fans may remember the 2007 season with Francis leading the squad as their ace with huge performance in the post season against Philadelphia and Arizona. In 2007 Francis was 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA. At least Francis gives the Rockies another left handed pitcher.
The Rockies are desperate for starting pitching and may be reaching with Francis and may be looking for a little nostalgia to push more fans through the gates at Coors Field. Either way the Rockies desperation forced their hand to pull in someone to help. At least they didn’t have to give anything up to get Francis. Who knows, maybe Coors Field will bring back some of the lefty’s talent with a late resurgence in his career.
Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco