Rockies fans! It's official! Francis is coming back!
Jeff Francis has re-signed with the Colorado Rockies, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The one-year deal is contingent on Francis passing a physical. The left-hander will make a base salary of $1.5 million in 2013 with another $1.5 million available in performance bonuses.
The former 17-game winner posted a 6-7 record with an eyebrow-raising 5.58 ERA for the Rockies last year. We can assume that Francis will be competing for a spot on the Rockies rotation for 2013.
The Rockies acquired Francis in June of 2012 after he was released by the Cincinnati Reds. The former first-round selection had posted decent numbers for the Reds AAA affiliate in Louisville before opting out of his contract and signing with the Rockies.
To Francis' credit, the Vancouver, British Columbia-native, only walked 22 batters over 113.0 innings last year. However, opponents hit .307 off of him last year as he surrendered 145 hits. He has always possessed decent control, but will need to get more hitters out if he looks to regain his 2006 and 2007 form.