Pat Saunders of the Denver Post is reporting the Colorado Rockies have reached an “Agreement-in-Principle” with left-hander Jeff Francis, and that Francis is likely to start Saturday afternoon against Dan Haren and the Angels, explaining Rockies’ management’s cagey approach to earlier questions about the middle game of the LAAo’A series.
Francis, 31, originally signed with Colorado in 2002 out of North Delta Senior Second HS in North Delta, British Columbia. He won 17 games for the Rockies in the 2007 season that ended with a World Series appearance. Francis lost the 2009 season to shoulder surgery, and was 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 2010. The Rockies declined to re-sign Francis after that season and the Canadian opted for a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, where he went 6-16/4.82 in 2011. This Spring Francis went to Spring Training on a minor league deal with Cincinnati and was assigned to triple-A Louisville, where he was 3-6/3.72 when after a June 1 opt-out date he asked for his release from the Reds.
Francis will be filling-in Saturday for Juan Nicasio, who strained his left knee in last-week’s start against the Dodgers and landed on the DL.