Earlier this week Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price had mentioned that Jeff Francis, Brett Marshall and Alfredo Simon were all being considered to fill the spot that could be left open by Mat Latos in the rotation if he isn’t quite ready to begin the year. Today Jeff Francis can be removed from that list.
As originally reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jeff Francis has accepted an assignment to Louisville. Francis has over 1200 innings of Major League experience, but he hasn’t had the best spring so far, posting an ERA over 6.00. His agreement to head to Louisville comes with a $100,000 contract and an option to become a free agent on June 1st if he chooses.
Francis has spent time in Louisville in the past, starting 12 games for the Bats in the first half of the 2012 season where he posted a 3.72 ERA before using a similar clause in his contract where he also had the option to opt out on June 1st and used that option to become a free agent. He was then picked up by the Colorado Rockies where he has spent the past one-and-a-half seasons, mostly in the Majors.