The Royals and Jeff Francis have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported via Twitter on Friday. Francis, whose deal is reportedly pending a physical, is expected to join Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies, Vin Mazzaro and Sean O’Sullivan in Kansas City’s starting rotation.
The 30-year-old left-hander went 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for the Rockies in 2010, before Colorado declined its $7 million 2011 option on him in November.
Francis led the Rockies to their only World Series appearance in 2007 by winning a then-franchise record-tying 17 games. He then missed the 2009 season because of shoulder surgery.
The Rockies’ No. 9 overall Draft choice in 2002 is 55-50 with a 4.77 ERA and a 2.10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 150 games (149 starts) through his six-year career.
— Alden Gonzalez
Jay Gibbons, tentatively penciled in as the Dodgers left fielder, said the blurriness that brought him home from winter ball in Venezuela is no big deal.
“At the very worst, I just wear glasses again,” said Gibbons, who won a big-league roster spot for 2011 after slugging five homers in 37 games after an early August call-up last year. “It should be fine.”
Gibbons had laser surgery several years ago and another procedure before leaving for Venezuela. — Ken Gurnick
– – The Angels agreed to terms on a 2011 contract with catcher Jeff Mathis, thus avoiding arbitration.
In addition the latest arbitration news, here’s a look around the rest of the league on Wednesday:
In addition to potential reclamation projects Jeff Francis and Chris
Young, right-hander Dave Bush is “on the Mets’ radar,” according to
ESPN.com. Bush, who was teammates with recent Mets acquisition Chris
Capuano from 2006-10 in Milwaukee, knows Mets special assistant to the
GM J.P. Ricciardi from their days in Toronto.
Bush finished 8-13 with a 4.54 ERA for the Brewers last season, making $4.2 million.
The Yankees are stepping up their pursuit of free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer, according to a report on ESPN.com, which cited a baseball source.
A busy January continued for the Reds Monday as they checked off another item off of the wish list by signing Fred Lewis to a one-year big league contract worth $900,000, plus incentives.
Cincinnati was in search of a left-handed hitting outfielder for the bench and a potential leadoff hitter and the club gets both with the 30-year-old Lewis.
The club also announced the official signing of SS Edgar Renteria. Both players completed their physicals today. Renteria will earn $2.1 million in base salary with $900,000 in incentives based on plate appearances.
— Mark Sheldon