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Impact Analysis: Frank Francisco Heads to the Toronto Blue Jays

CLEVELAND, OH- APRIL 12: Frank Francisco #50 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the Opening Day game on April 12, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Todd FarinoCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2011

This is far bigger news than it is getting credit for.  The Toronto Blue Jays acquiring Frank Francisco just days after trading for power hitting catcher Mike Napoli has big implications.  First and foremost, it shows that the Blue Jays don’t have confidence in Octavio “Don’t Tell Me” Dotel and maybe even less than I do.  It also shows that the rest of their talented bullpen doesn’t have what it takes to close out games if Dotel fails. 

Even before that, it gives the Blue Jays a heavy one-two punch heading into the eighth inning and they still have Rauch.  Francisco is added to one of the best bullpens in the league that also includes Jason Frasor, Carlos Villanueva, Shawn Camp, Jesse Carlson and Jon Rauch.

Francisco is clearly the best closer on the Blue Jays roster and if the Blue Jays are smart, he will open the season as the closer and not Dotel.  Of course, the Blue Jays have never been known for being smart.

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