“Contrary to a report, the Mets have not offered a contract to free agent pitcher Jeff Francis,” Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com just said on Twitter.
Crasnick also said that while the Mets continue to have serious interest in free-agent RHP Chris Young, a baseball source says “nothing is close.”
Original Post yesterday at 10:29 pm:
According to FoxSports.com, the Mets have offered a big-league contract to Francis.
Ringolsby describes the Mets as a ‘strong candidate’ to sign Francis, who he feels will have ‘a legit shot at a spot in the rotation.’
Francis underwent shoulder surgery in 2009. He pitched in 104 innings last season, during which he missed additional time on the disabled list with
shoulder tendinitis, and was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA.
He’d be a decent option to have in camp. He doesn’t walk a lot of people, but does end up letting a lot of balls in play, though usually on the ground. His velocity was on par last season with where he was a few years ago, and he pitched a lot better than his results indicate. I think he’d be a good pick up at little cost, and someone with the potential to surprise people at the back of the rotation.
Updated at 10:51 pm
Yes, I’m concerned about the shoulder, but the surgery was nearly two years ago, which is about how long in takes to fully recover from what he had done. He’s 29 years old, left-handed, he has a track record of success, and his statistics from last year suggest he’s on the right track to getting back to where he once was. Plus, going from Coors Field to Citi Field can’t hurt either.