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The Royals have announced that left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis, who agreed to terms on January 14, was officially added to the 40-man Major League roster after passing a physical examination. To clear a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals designated left-handed pitcher Dusty Hughes for assignment.
Hughes, 28, was 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 57 relief appearances in 2010. His 57 appearances were the second-most in the American League among rookies.
Jeff Francis is looking forward to getting back to his old self – the lefty is now nearly 23 months removed from shoulder surgery that sidelined him for the 2009 season. He says his shoulder feels fine and that he is approaching 2011 like any other season.
Francis, who won 17 games with a Colorado club that reached the World Series in 2007, is ready to prove that he can get batters out (or “oot”, as the native of British Columbia says).
He will be reunited with Bob McClure. The current Kansas City pitching coach mentored Francis at Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2004. McClure described Francis as a hurler who knows how to pitch, keep the ball down and hit spots. Francis is comfortable working with McClure, whom he believes had a similar approach to pitching.
Francis was one of the youngest players on the Rockies throughout his early years with the club. Now, though he just turned 30, he will be the third-oldest player on Kansas City’s spring training roster. He has heard good things about the developing talent that the Royals have and sees an organization that is on a path similar as the Rockies of five or six years ago.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2011 with left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis. The deal is pending a physical exam. Consistent with club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Francis, who turned 30 last Saturday, is 55-50 with a 4.77 ERA in 150 career Major League appearances, including 149 starts, for the Colorado Rockies from 2004-2010. Last season, he posted a 4-10 record with a 5.00 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) as he returned in mid-May from left shoulder surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2009 campaign. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound southpaw was a key component of the Rockies rotation from 2005-2007, winning 44 games including posting a 17-9 record with a 4.22 ERA in 34 starts in 2007. That same season, he went 2-1 in three postseason starts including starting Game 1 of the World Series as he helped lead the Rockies to the National League pennant. His 55 career wins place him third on the Colorado all-time win list.
The Baseball America and USA Today Minor League Player of the Year in 2004 was selected by Colorado in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2002 Draft out of the University of British Columbia. Francis competed for his native country in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Francis and his wife, Allison, currently reside in Denver, Colo., with their daughter, Cameron.
Francis will take part in a media conference call later today. Check back for a summary!