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Back in the middle of the past decade, Jeff Francis was a young, talented left-handed pitcher who, despite mediocre results, was well thought off in the baseball community. After a 17-9 season in 2007, Francis looked poised to breakout at just 26 years old. But injuries have plagued him ever since.
So why would an injury prone 29-year-old pitcher with a career ERA of 4.77—and underlying statistics to match his poor performance—be worth taking a shot on? His 20 game stint in 2010 gave some hope that Francis is finally figuring things out.
Though a 5.00 ERA is nothing to write home about, Francis displayed never before seen control, walking fewer than two batters per nine innings. He also allowed fewer flyballs than usual and his FIP reached a career low 3.88.
Jeff Francis is not a young pitcher anymore and his lack of success over the past half decade will not make him a terribly attractive option to most teams. But he's also right in the middle of what should be his prime. In his last full season, he took somewhat of a step forward, going 17-9 with a solid ERA in Coors Field and he showed hints of ability last season.
The Rockies, Brewers, and Mets have all expressed interest in Francis.