Monday, June 4, 2012

Jeff Francis opts out of deal

The Reds released LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Louisville at his request on Monday, thus making him a free agent. The 31-year old excercised a clause in his minor league contract that allowed him to opt-out of his deal after June 1st.

The southpaw notched a 3-6 record and 3.72 ERA in 12 starts (77.1 IP) with the Bats this season. He owns a 4.78 ERA and a 61-66 mark during his 7-year MLB career.

His decision comes on the heels of tossing a complete-game shutout on Sunday. How's that for a farewell performance?

Given the amount of pitching injuries around the league, coupled with Francis' solid play on the mound, it's very likely that he'll find work elsewhere and quickly -- perhaps even joining someone's starting rotation by the middle-of-the-month.

However, if he fails to find a job with another franchise, he's eligible to re-sign with the Reds.

His departure leaves yet another void on the Louisville Bats roster. The last place Bats (18-39) lose the anchor at the top of the rotation and continue to plummet toward a dreaded 100+ loss campaign.

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