Pirates Plan to Meet With Agent For Jeff Francis

Yesterday we heard conflicting reports on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates had interest in free agent left hander Jeff Francis. Jon Paul Morosi has an update today which says the Pirates are indeed looking at Francis. He notes that Francis’ agent plans to meet with the Pirates, Mariners, and Twins this week. Francis is meeting with the Mariners today.

  • He’s not someone I’m interested in.  He’s injury prone and even when healthy is merely adequate.

  • I say, screw it, bring in Mcpherson now!  lol. 

  • he is below average pitcher, just what the Bucs need to improve.  Does below average offense, defense and pitching equal above average team in some alternative universe?

  • Pitch FX says 85.2 but his career norms are 87-88. Regardless his xFIP  was 4.29 with a 2.6 WAR. He’s basically a cheaper version of Maholm. I’d take that any day over the international guys. He’s the best SP in our price bracket now that Capuano has signed.

  • Francis is better than either of those guys. Wada is a mid-80’s guy who is getting old fast and Chen has not returned to form after TJ surgery.

  • Hopefully the Mariners sign him today, Pirates need to bring in the 2 japanese imports – Wada and Wei-Yin Chen