The Mets might release Frank Francisco from his contract in September, should he successfully complete his rehab assignment.
Francisco was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton after appearing in three games with the GCL Mets since August 21. He had been shutdown since July 15 with elbow pain.
Francisco hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues this season due to soreness in his right pitching elbow. He had surgery to clean his elbow out in December.
Francisco has been on the disabled list the entire season with a sore right elbow. He had elbow surgery in December to a remove bone spur in his elbow.
In July, Francisco reportedly advised Jenrry Mejia to remain in Port St. Lucie to collect his Major League disabled list money during the rehab process, rather than work his way through his rehab and go back to the minor leagues.
Michael Baron, ContributorI agree with the team’s decision, assuming they follow through and release Francisco. It would send a negative message to the rest of the team if Francisco were added to the big league roster in September. The only reason to reinstate Francisco from the disabled list is to give him an opportunity to boost his value on the free agent market. Given how he was trying to negatively influence a young pitcher this season, I see no reason why the Mets should accommodate that in return. In the end, the Mets have paid Francisco around $5 million so far to do nothing for them this season – that along with the behavioral issues makes cutting him addition by subtraction.