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35 Jeff Francis RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/200 | Birthdate: 1/8/1981 | Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Toronto | College: British Columbia (Canada) | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Blue Jays RP Jeff Francis clears waivers, will join Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Blue Jays left-handed reliever Jeff Francis has cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, according to SportsNet. Francis was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday.

The 11-year veteran has struggled in his first season with Toronto, and will look to right the ship in the minors. He could return to the team if a need for pitching depth arrises. 


Blue Jays add Todd Redmond, DFA pitcher Jeff Francis


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The Blue Jays have added pitcher Todd Redmond from Triple-A Buffalo and designated pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment, according to SportsNet.

Francis posted a 1-2 record with a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings of work. He recorded 15 strikeouts with five walks. Redmond posted a 5.06 ERA with a 3-1 record in 26 2/3 innings of work in Triple-A.


Blue Jays' Jeff Francis bails out rookie pitcher to earn first win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) After Blue Jays rookie starting pitcher Daniel Norris lasted just three innings and 78 pitches on Thursday at Cleveland, Toronto leaned on veteran pitcher Jeff Francis to help pick up the slack. He did just that, earning his first relief win of the season as he allowed one run on three hits and no walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Francis has a 3.60 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings (four relief outings) this season.

"He's a veteran strike-thrower," catcher Russell Martin said, per MLB.com. "He's kind of deceptive -- everything comes out of the same angle. He hides the ball well and has got two different breaking balls with a nice changeup. He kind of varies the speeds on his fastball a little bit and just does enough to keep guys off balance. That's what he's been doing well."


Jeff Francis, Russell Martin become Blue Jays' first Canadian battery


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) When Jeff Francis entered Sunday's game in the fifth inning and pitched to catcher Russell Martin, it marked the first time in Blue Jays' history that the franchise featured a Canadian battery, reports the Toronto Sun

Francis, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, was called up by the Blue Jays from Triple-A before Sunday's game. 

Martin is from East York, Ontario.


Blue Jays add Jeff Francis, option Colt Hynes


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Blue Jays selected the contract of pitcher Jeff Francis Sunday while optioning pitcher Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo.

A 10-year major-league veteran, Francis tossed five shutout innings in his only start with Triple-A Buffalo, striking out five while allowing two hits and two walks. Hynes gave up two hits without recording an out Saturday and departs with a 6.00 ERA and 4:2 K:BB ratio in three innings.


Blue Jays still looking for lefty for bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) The Blue Jays are looking for another lefthander for their bullpen, as Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury has created a ripple effect throughout the pitching staff.

Stroman's vacancy in the starting rotation will be filled by Aaron Sanchez, who was expected to share closing duties with Brett Cecil

That means Cecil can't help with relief in the middle innings, as was the original plan when he was slated as a co-closer. Manager John Gibbons told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm that it would be "ideal" to find another southpaw to help with the mid-innings.

Jeff Francis , signed by the team during the offseason, is a candidate. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings with three teams last year.

"He's a different type pitcher now, but I could see a place on this team for him. ... He's going to come out and throw strikes, and that's so valuable coming out of the bullpen," Gibbons said. "You don't want to bring in guys trying to find the strike zone. He can be tough on lefties, but he can also get righties out. I think, too, coming out of the bullpen in that role, that can extend his career another four or five years. He's a great competitor."

Colt Hynes, who went 1-4 with a 3.67 for two Triple-A teams last year, is also a candidate for the spot. 


Blue Jays sign Jeff Francis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor-league deal, according to Sportsnet. 

Francis spent last season with three different clubs. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings.


Yankees release Jeff Francis


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Yankees released pitcher Jeff Francis Tuesday.

Francis was designated for assignment last week. He has made appearances with three teams this season, posting a 5.85 ERA and 15:3 K:BB ratio in 20 innings.


Yankees make minor roster moves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Yankees have promoted outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and designated for assignment veteran left-hander Jeff Francis.

Almonte played for the Yankees in brief stints this season with four hits in 25 at-bats.


Jeff Francis picks up first win Tuesday in extra innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Yankees pitcher Jeff Francis tossed a scoreless 14th inning Tuesday before earning his first win of the season in his team's 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

Francis (1-1) made 10 appearances with the A's before joining the Yankees, and he was able to earn a victory in his first appearance with his new team. He owns a 5.59 ERA and 14:3 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.


Jeff Francis added to Yankees active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Recently acquired pitcher Jeff Francis reported to the Yankees Saturday and is now officially on the roster, after the team sent Matt Daley down to Triple-A.

Francis had a 5.89 ERA in 18 1/3 innings with the A's before the Yankees claimed him on waivers. 


Yanks acquire Jeff Francis


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/11/2014) The Yankees acquired pitcher Jeff Francis from the Athletics for cash considerations. Francis, 33, was designated for assignment last week after going 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 appearances with Oakland.


Jeff Francis designated for assignment Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Francis has been designated for assignment Thursday.

Francis has already changed teams twice this season. Over 18 1/3 innings, he's posted a 5.89 ERA. 


Jeff Francis notches first career save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Francis earned his first career save Saturday, recording the final two outs in his team's 7-6, 14-inning win over the Marlins.

Francis entered the game with the bases loaded and only one out in the 14th, but he was able to record a huge strikeout before ending the game with a flyout to right field. He had given up nine earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over his last four appearances before coming up big Saturday. Francis owns a 6.61 ERA and 13:3 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.


Jeff Francis loses it in extras


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Francis was not sharp in a relief outing Tuesday, as he took the loss in extra innings against the Angels.  

Francis worked a scoreless 13th inning, walking two batters before getting out of trouble. He nearly got out of the 14th, but Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill tagged him for a two-out walkoff home run to end the game.

Francis has appeared in three games for the Athletics, allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings of work. 


Athletics claim Jeff Francis


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/18/2014) The Athletics claimed pitcher Jeff Francis off waivers from the Reds, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Cincinnati designated Francis for assignment after giving him a spot start Thursday.

Jeff Francis designated for assignment Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Reds pitcher Jeff Francis has been designated for assignment Friday.

Francis received a spot-start during Thursday's double-header. He allowed three runs over five innings. 


Jeff Francis takes the loss in season debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Reds pitcher Jeff Francis made his season debut in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader against the Padres on Thursday. He was outdueled by Tyson Ross and was pegged with the loss.

Francis permitted a two-run home run to Rene Rivera in the second and a run-scoring single to Chase Headley in the third for his only damage of the night. The left-hander yielded three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four in five innings pitched. He will likely be sent back to the minors following Thursday's start.

Jeff Francis up, Mat Latos on 60-day DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Reds have promoted veteran pitcher Jeff Francis and transferred Mat Latos to the 60-day disabled list. He will start the nightcap of the Thursday doubleheader.

Francis owns a 4-3 record and 3.33 ERA at Triple-A Louisville. Also encouraging is his 45 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.

The move involving Latos does not change his status. He is making progress in his recovery from a forearm injury and could return by early June.


Jeff Francis surrenders five runs vs. A's Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Reds pitcher Jeff Francis allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in four innings while striking out five in his team's 8-4 loss to the A's Tuesday.

Francis could conceivably open the season in the major-league rotation with Mat Latos expected to begin the year on the disabled list, but he isn't doing himself any favors. Francis has posted a 6.35 ERA and 18:8 K:BB ratio in 17 innings this spring. He'll likely begin the season in Triple-A.


Robert Stephenson among non-roster invitees in Reds' camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson headlined a list of five players invited to spring training as non-roster invitees Wednesday. Stephenson is considered the Reds' top prospect by Baseball America.

The other four players receiving spring invites were Jeff Francis, Tim Crabbe, Drew Hayes and Michael Lorenzen.


Reds sign Jeff Francis to minor-league deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) The Reds agreed to a minor-league contract with pitcher Jeff Francis, according to ESPN. Francis will be in camp as a non-roster invitee.

Five Rockies file for free agency


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt, who had his mutual option declined, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, catcher Yorvit Torrealba, starting pitcher Jeff Francis and starting pitcher Roy Oswalt have filed for free agency. Helton is expected to retire.

Jeff Francis picks up third win in finale


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis earned his third win in Sunday's finale against Los Angeles.

Francis allowed just one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked two. His final ERA sits at 6.27.


Jeff Francis will start Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis may make his final appearance in a Colorado uniform Sunday.

Francis, who is scheduled to become a free agent the end of the season, was named the starter for Sunday's season finale against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, the Denver Post reports. He is 2-5 with a 6.61 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 65 1/3 innings pitched in the majors for Colorado.