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Jeff Francis | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/8/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: British Columbia
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Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Buffalo.
The Vancouver, British Columbia native will give the Jays some long relief depth. Francis tossed five scoreless innings in his lone start for Buffalo. Apr 19 - 9:49 AM

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Jeff Francis surrendered four runs in two-thirds of an inning versus the Rays on Wednesday.

Francis is in the running for a bullpen spot, and he had entered the day with four strikeouts in three scoreless innings this spring. This sounds like quite a setback, though there should be time for him to bounce back from one poor performance.
Mar 18 - 4:54 PM

Blue Jays signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A Canadian native, Francis held a 5.85 ERA over 12 appearances for the Reds, A's and Yankees this season. He figures to compete for a long relief role with the Blue Jays.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 02:57:00 PM

Yankees released LHP Jeff Francis.

Francis had been designated for assignment. He'll now look to catch on elsewhere for the final two months of the season.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 08:19:00 PM

Yankees designated LHP Jeff Francis for assignment.

The Yankees have called up Zoilo Almonte to take his spot on the active roster. Francis was acquired from the A's earlier this month and allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings over two appearances.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Yankees acquired LHP Jeff Francis and cash considerations from the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later.

Francis had been designated for assignment last week. Th left-hander posted a 6.08 ERA over 13 1/3 relief innings for the A's but might even get a shot in the Yankees' rotation with all of their injuries.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 01:44:00 PM

Athletics designated LHP Jeff Francis for assignment.

The move clears room on the 40-man roster for Eric O'Flaherty. Francis posted a 6.08 ERA over 13 1/3 relief innings for the A's. He'll likely clear waivers and will have the option to elect free agency.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Athletics claimed LHP Jeff Francis off waivers from the Reds.

Francis had been designated for assignment after allowing three runs over five innings in a spot start last week. He'll be used as a long man out of the A's bullpen.
Sun, May 18, 2014 03:50:00 PM

Reds designated LHP Jeff Francis for assignment.

Francis allowed three runs over five innings in a spot start during Thursday's doubleheader. He'll clear waivers and should stick around as rotation depth.
Fri, May 16, 2014 03:57:00 PM

Jeff Francis yielded three runs over five innings Thursday in a loss to the Padres.

Francis, the 26th man for the doubleheader, gave up five hits (including a home run) and no walks while striking out four batters. It was a decent start, but the Reds just couldn't get much going against Tyson Ross and the Padres' bullpen.
Thu, May 15, 2014 09:16:00 PM

Reds purchased the contract of LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Louisville.

Francis will make a spot start for the Reds in the second half of Thursday's doubleheader with the Padres. The 33-year-old left-hander has a 5.84 ERA over his last 183 1/3 innings at the major league level and is not a good fantasy bet, even against San Diego.
Thu, May 15, 2014 10:42:00 AM

Jeff Francis was hit hard by the Athletics, allowing six runs in five innings during Tuesday's start.

Francis walked three and allowed seven hits, including a three-run home run to Brandon Moss in the second inning and a solo homer to Josh Reddick in the fifth. His Cactus League ERA jumps up to 6.50.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 06:14:00 PM

Jeff Francis allowed three runs over four innings during Thursday's start against the Rangers.

The lefty allowed seven hits and a walk, but also struck out six. Francis knows his fate, which is to start the year at Triple-A, so he is simply pitching for position on the depth chart. His spring ERA sits at 4.85 in 13 innings.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Jeff Francis got the loss on Monday against the Rangers, allowing two unearned runs in two innings.

Francis was one pitch away from escaping trouble, but Elvis Andrus drove in two runs with a single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Reds have no room for Francis in the rotation, so the lefty will report to Triple-A when the season starts and serve as insurance.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 06:52:00 PM

Reds signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Francis, 33, had an ugly 6.27 ERA over 12 starts and 11 relief appearances with the Rockies last year. The veteran southpaw will function as insurance for the starting rotation.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 04:12:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Miguel Castro
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Marco Estrada
8Jeff Francis