Yankees acquire Jeff Francis from Athletics

Update: Cashman says Yankees working to acquire a "small piece"
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2:11pm: The Yankees have officially announced the trade. They get Francis and cash from the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later. Jim Miller was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot. Francis still has to report to the team, so Matt Daley was recalled from Triple-A while they wait.

1:43pm: The Yankees have acquired left-hander Jeff Francis from the Athletics, according to Jerry Crasnick. He was designated for assignment following the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade earlier this week. No word on what New York is sending to Oakland, but it’ll likely be a player to named later or cash. Nothing significant.

Francis, 33, has a 5.89 ERA (3.67 FIP) in 18.1 innings for the Athletics and Reds this season. He had a 6.27 ERA (4.54 FIP) in 70.1 innings for the Rockies last summer. Don’t get excited by his FIP being lower than his ERA — Francis has underperformed his peripherals by at least 0.72 runs every year since 2009. He’s Vidal Nuno with less fastball. It’s probably not worth digging any deeper than that.

The Yankees simply need a warm body for the pitching staff at this point. Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list earlier this week and even with the Brandon McCarthy pickup, the team still has Shane Greene in the rotation and a TBA listed as Sunday’s starter. Francis can help get them through the weekend in one piece. Times are tough, man.

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Update: Cashman says Yankees working to acquire a "small piece"
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  • tom

    Does it suggest Francis replacing Huff in the bullpen and Huff to start this Sunday?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Problems solved.

    • Donny

      Has to be for cash or PTBNL, right?

      Or straight up for Severino…

    • Derek Jeter

      LOL!

    • http://riveraveblues.com Rick

      This move makes zero sense. Francis stinks. ERA 5.89 this year, 6.27 last year. Another stupid Cashman move. I’d rather take any kid at Trenton and let him pitch…he wouldn’t be worse than Francis.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    This isn’t an upgrade. In fact, it might be a downgrade.

  • CMed21

    My god they’ve become so desperate that they’ve acquired a guy who is in fact EVEN WORSE THAN HUFF AND NUNO!!!!! Seriously, fuck 2014…

    • Michael Marchesano

      They acquired another Thornton. What are they thinking? If Oakland DFA’d him what does that tell you.

      • Scott

        I’m not saying Francis is a savior, I mean, he sucks, but your question: “If Oakland DFA’d him what does that tell you.”

        Do you know anything about baseball? Did you not read that Oakland DFA’d him after they traded for Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel?

        They got rid of him because they can, their team is awesome, and they made it better, and tossed the scraps.

        The Yanks got him because their they are mediocre, have been decimated by injuries and aren’t going to mortgage the future for the few decent pitchers available out there for trade.

        It isn’t as good a move as Nuno for McCarthy, but they gave up nothing to get him, at the very least they can put him in AAA to soak up innings.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          No DFA’ed player will ever be any good again. Just like no guy brought in an MiLB free agent will ever come close to contributing to the big club.

        • The Great Gonzo

          I mean, if nothing else… those of you who are all pissy about not mortgaging the future for a mediocre season should be tickled pink. He costs nothing and at worst will suck up some innings on this alleged ‘sinking ship’.

  • Robert

    An older version of NuNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Furt

    Lollollilololol
    Signed a jays fan

    • Michael Marchesano

      They acquired another Thornton. What are they thinking? If Oakland DFA’d him what does that tell you.

    • Scott

      Have you seen the Jays? They aren’t much better, and your best hitter just hit the DL.

    • Mr. Roth

      BLOLue Jays

  • ac1

    But while we are chatting with Oakland, can we have Milone also?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Does this mean no more Miller Time?

  • ChrisS

    Can he hit?

    • tom

      This would make sense if we sent O’Brien or Austin.

  • ac1

    Relax people. I’m sure we gave nothing up and the fact is good or bad, we don’t have enough pitchers to fill outs and AAA’s rotation. He is probably a butt in a seat for Scranton.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      That’s preferably where I’d like to see him.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He’d have to clear waivers (maybe not a problem) and agree to the assignment (possibly a problem) for him to go to AAA.
      I’m guessing he’s not going to AAA (at least not right now)

    • gbyanks

      well the last PNL we gave up was zach mcallister ..sssooooo

  • Ghost of Aaron Small

    Good bye Matt Thornton!

    • ac1

      More likely Huff is headed to the rotation, Miller is headed away, and Francis is headed to mop up.

      • entonces

        Huff’s reward for loading the bases, requiring Yanks to empty pen the other nite.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I just ordered my playoff tickets.

    • JOhnC

      DUH!! Me made a funny! WHy nobody laughing?

  • ac1

    Once you accept this is not going to be #28, you can actually enjoy watching the Wheelers, Solarte’s, Greene’s, Whitley’s play….. Would love to see Almonte back in RF everyday, Murphy back up catching, etc… Hell, bring up O’Brien too. I know he is striking out a lot, but the man can connect and could be fun to watch.

    • Scott

      I’m with you on everything except O’Brien, he has struck out 87 (I think I read that) times this year in AA. What do you think he will do in the majors?

      • Derek Jeter

        strike out less?!?

        • Scott

          Wrong, strike out twice as much

          • entonces

            Good. He’ll K as much as Grandy– and hit as many HRs.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              What’s the max number of HR’s Shelley Duncan’s hit in an MLB season, since he’s basically got the same power and big donut-sized hole in his bat…

    • Fernando

      I am in agreement in playing those guys. Let’s also see Pirela and when healthy Ramirez/Montgomery. Bah humbug on Francis unless it is for Triple A. Would rather see Mitchell (40 man) or Tracy get a start.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Hooray for scrap heap pickups!

    Seriously, as long as he is not in line to start the first game back from the ASB, I can give a shit. LOOGY, Spot Starter, Garbage Time reliever, whatever.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      At some point, one of these scrap heap guys outperforms what’s on paper and gives you a few decent months as long man, which the team hasn’t been able to find this year, but how you usually find your long man.

      Anything else than that and…..well, we’re already in deep doo-doo as is.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Again, as long as he’s not named the starter a week from today, they can dig up Javy Vazquez’ corpse and prop him up there for all I care to soak up innings… Someone has to.

        And unless I am missing something, Rob Refsnyder isn’t coming out of the bullpen…. OR IS HE?!?!?!?!!?

        #AnotherOpportunityForCashmanToFail

  • ac1

    Just stop complaining. We are too many injured players away from a title this year. Unless they are picking up people that can help beyond 2014, there is no point. Just let the younger players play and see what we have before passing out more bad contracts next year.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Michael, he didn’t really need the whole picture-and-bio treatment. Come on now. :)

    Pushes Huff to a more prominent role. You can lose Jim Miller now. If he’s starting, it’s not good, but there’s a place for him.

    I’ll now sit back while everyone shits on him, like they do every minor move the team makes.

    • Dick M

      I try to ignore the minor moves. There’s so much to shit on with the major ones.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Beats worrying too much about the guys on the periphery.

        • Dick M

          In the old days, we didn’t have much periphery.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            More likely that every bit of it wasn’t available on the internet for you to pick apart.

    • mustang

      Sir I think an emergency meeting of watchability scale committee is needed after this move.

      • Eddards Dad

        I agree

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Right after I hold an emergency meeting of the Miami Heat Watchability Scale Committee or, as a friend of mine referred to it as, “….can’t wait to watch those Norris Cole to Josh McRoberts highlights….”

  • ac1

    Get these small pieces and try to make it but if it’s the trade deadline and we are 7-10 games out than trade Robertson and Gardner.e Yankee can get a pretty prospect or two for them.

    ___

    This makes no sense.
    We are not a team that can afford to trade every good player and prospect we have for more younger players.

    1. Resign Robertson immediately and move Betances to the rotation.
    2. Keep Gardner since he is a moderately priced player and next year, him and Ellsbury 1-2 will be better than Gardner/Jeter.

    We have prospects, Cashman just needs to give them a chance to play.
    As for SS, this is the only position I sign off on a possible trade (Tulo is who I want).

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      and move Betances to the rotation.

      He already failed as a starter in the minors, so that’ll probably work out well.

      • ac1

        He didnt fail. He struggled but he has MLB experience now, and was actually improving when he was moved to the pen.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          He was moved to the pen because he failed as a starter.

          • ac1

            Unless he is our closer, he is a waste in the bullpen.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              That’s just foolish. A middle relief fireman can often get bigger outs than closers, outs in the middle innings are just as valuable as outs in the ninth inning, and regardless, a dominant middle reliever is more valuable than a failed starter.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Did you start following this team last week?

              All the information you need on Dellin Betances’s history is available in the archives of this website, including whatever the hell “Clip’d a win” meant and copious mentions of Melvin Crousett.

              • The Great Gonzo

                I feel like the Macho Man “Randy Levine” should be telling someone to do their research right now.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              You don’t pay attention enough if you believe that.

            • Scott

              He FAILED as a starter period. He could not repeat his delivery enough and work on 4 pitches to get through a lineup more than one (twice on a good day). They moved him to the pen, he uses two pitches and he took off.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                But I saw him pitch the other day and he looked just fine to me, therefore…

            • Mr. Roth

              THIS!

              We already made this mistake with that scrub Mario Riviera back in 1996. That team would have had a chance to at least make the playoffs if we had Mario closing the games.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Excuse me.

          *bashes own head on a brick*

    • Fernando

      Goodness, can we stop with the nonsense to move Betances to the rotation? He’s already getting overworked in the pen, now we are going we mess with moving him to rotation?

  • EndlessJose

    Get these small pieces and try to make it but if it’s the trade deadline and we are 7-10 games out than trade Robertson and Gardner.e Yankee can get a pretty prospect or two for them.

    • trr

      Get a grip on yourself, Jose.
      That will never happen, nor should it.

  • ac1

    If anything, I am offering Kuroda to the Angels or Dodgers (since i think only LA teams will get him to waive his NTC)…

    • tom

      I don’t think Kuroda has NTC but Yankee surely won’t move him.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        He does.

        • tom

          Cot’s said otherwise.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            No it doesn’t.
            Cot’s makes no mention of a NTC either way. They only have information that’s reported at the time of the signing.
            Same as last year.
            Both years it’s been reported by several sources that he does indeed have a full NTC.
            Part of the reason Kuroda has declined the QO’s was so that he could get a NTC included in his contract.

    • Dick M

      This actually makes some sense. We prolly wouldn’t do it tho.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeffie Franchise!

  • tom

    Options for Sunday game…

    1. Whitley/Francis/Huff combo.
    2. Matt Tracy. On regular rest. 40 man change requires.
    3. Bryan Mitchell. on extra day. Up and Down too much.

    This game should not be on Espn. SMH!

    • ac1

      Matt Daley was recalled and Miller was dumped.
      Guessing Daley goes tomorrow for Francis.

      • tom

        it won’t affect the options. lol.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Jim Miller was DFA’d and it is indeed for cash.

  • Athos

    Yankees have just recalled RHP Matt Daley from Triple A, and DFA’d Jim Miller.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Could you tell them apart, really?

      • The Great Gonzo

        Not even with name tags on

  • Nathan

    Cashman = garbage man

    • Dick M

      Cashman = cash man. It’s a good thing his wallet is bigger than everyone else’s.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Do you need special pants for that?

        • Mandy Stanbkiewicz

          No, you muscle it closed, and just live with the back pain–ala George Costanza.

  • ac1

    Turley?

    • tom

      He is under the rehab monitoring so I doubt.

  • Darren

    That’s what I’m TALKING about!!! Go Cash go!!

  • http://thewebsitemarketingagency.com Geno

    Bring up the kids, trade Kuroda, Robertson and Tex. Take a few years to actually develop a team the right way.

    • ac1

      Tex isn’t going anywhere. He will refuse a trade.
      I really dont understand this whole get younger campaign while saying to trade Robertson. He is young and a closer. You keep him AND extend him now.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Give him the Kimbrel contract?

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        Tex is 10 and 5/full NTC, not leaving, has even said so last year when he was hurt, he’s retiring a New York Yankee and no one is/can and will move him. Who else should we trade, Jeter? CC? Girardi? The subway races animation? The Lobel steak stand? Keep em coming.

        • The Great Gonzo

          STEAK STAND TO TEH ROTATION!

      • Steve Y.

        Robertson is going to see what he can get on the open market, especially after his value has been raised being a closer. They missed their chance to extend him. And looking objectively at it, if winning has anything to do with your decision, would you want to sign with the Yankees right now?

        • The Great Gonzo

          I wish we could trade you to NoMaas for a couple of Red Sox Photoshops to be Named Later

    • Nathan

      If there is a good time to knock it all down and rebuild, it’s this offseason: Jeter is leaving, Tanaka MAY need TJ, and the farm system is thin.

    • gbyanks

      i love people think rebuilds take just a few years. try 6+ and thats if you do it right

      • Mr. Roth

        BUT TEH RED SAWX!

    • Dick M

      You’d have to knock me over with a fix to 3B,SS or RF before I would part with DRob. And that’s not gonna happen.

      He’s got a repeatable delivery that will stand the test of time.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Signed, the Kansas City Royals

  • ac1

    Cashman to Beane: “Can I have Milone?”

    Beane to Cashman: “Sure, here is Jeff Francis”.

    Cashman (confused) to Beane: “Cool man. This makes up for killing our trade with the Cubs last week”

  • hey now

    Our long, slow trudge to utter mediocrity continues.

    • LarryM Fl

      It is not so slow. It has been happening for a few years.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        …Which would make it fairly slow.

  • ac1

    If there is a good time to knock it all down and rebuild, it’s this offseason: Jeter is leaving, Tanaka MAY need TJ, and the farm system is thin.

    __

    This is a fallacy. Sure we don’t have a SS, but we have young guys that can fill several positions. They just aren’t given chances and their names aren’t well known.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Please share these names that are ready to be part of the next dynasty.

      Of course they have guys who can stand at a position. The question is how many of them can competently do it at a legit quality MLB level.

      It would appear not very many at this point.

  • willie w

    as the saying goes, the yanks just needed a gorilla in the seat

  • ron

    Can we use him as a loogy? Thorton is god awful

    • Dick M

      Yeah he is awful, but you gotta love that “early Alzheimer’s look” on his face.

  • Jeter is garbage

    Wow, you guys are signing some studs. First McCarthy, now Francis…

  • Leg-End

    Warm body for a depleted rotation, I get it.

    Still, should be selling if things don’t go their way in the next few games. Just do it, hurt in the short for benefit (hopefully) in the long term.

    • stuart a

      amen. bite the bullet now it will make the rebuild that much shorter.

      cannot rebuild and compete for title at same time, very hard to do..

      • The Great Gonzo

        A rebuild is never short. The bullshit once in a million 2013 Red Sox have you all dreaming for something that does not exist.

        If a true legit rebuild is committed to, you are essentially committing to flushing Tanaka, Ellsbury, Betances and Robertson down the toilet. The thought that you can TRULY rebuild in less than 4 years is a fantasy.

        Soooooooo, sit down, shut up, and either enjoy the ride or get off the train.

        • Leg-End

          To be fair I was more talking about selling the bits that are expendable and holding onto our young players more than “blow it all up”.

        • Mandy Stankiewicz

          “sit down, shut up, and either enjoy the ride or get off the train.”
          worth repeating.

  • Derek Jeter

    Just pick someone from the stands to pitch….

  • http://rab.com Michael Cutler

    Hi my name is Brian Cashman and I’m looking for a home to retire to, anybody know of anything???

  • Derek Jeter

    THE next Cy Young has arrived..

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ancis.html

    I don’t follow what they find puzzling here.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Oakland Athletics @Athletics · 53m
      #Athletics trade LHP Jeff Francis to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

      #Yankees acquire LHP Jeff Francis and cash considerations from Athletics in exchange for PTBNL.

      That would be the confusion. Two different wordings.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        The second one is from the Yankees Twitter.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Well that’s a whole lot of nothing.

          My fear was that they were somehow buying themselves a better PTBNL with cash, but that’s pretty stupid.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            Athletics just corrected theirs to match the Yankees one.

            • RetroRob

              I’m guessing Francis made too much money for what he’s worth, so the A’s had to throw a few dollars in.

              • Old Man Time

                Only thing I can find regarding his salary was that Cincinnati signed him to a MiLB contract.

  • RetroRob

    This is a move I would have encouraged a few years back, but we now know he is what he is.

    It’s an arm. No need to overreact one way or the other.

  • Frank

    Francis? LOL.

  • willie w

    Francis:

    June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed June 19, 2002.
    November 3, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
    January 14, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
    October 30, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
    January 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
    June 4, 2012: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.
    June 8, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.
    October 29, 2012: Granted Free Agency.
    December 19, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.
    October 31, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
    January 13, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
    May 18, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Oakland Athletics from the Cincinnati Reds.

  • BB

    What about a warm body from AAA…? WTF, Francis?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      What, to you, is the difference? No, really?

      • The Great Gonzo

        YOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • BB

          +1 Exactly!!!.. Sick of NYY trading everyone they have and signing past their prime, aged players.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            You caught a big one, Gonzo.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Clearly, relative youth would have been Bruce Billings’s advantage on the roster. is Chris Leroux still around?

  • Dan

    They cannot re-sign Cashman if he both missed out on $189 and misses the playoffs two years in a row. That’s basically a total failure on his part.

    • New Guy

      I mean you can say that… but Cashman didn’t make 4/5 starting pitchers get hurt.

      • The Great Gonzo

        He shoulda signed better ligaments.

  • Yankeefan91

    could of just signed Capuano hes better the Francis

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Didn’t Capuano sign with the Rockies several days ago?

      • The Great Gonzo

        Yes. Signing Capuano today woulda been really hard…

        That said, I would have claimed him since 3 weeks ago we were still trotting Phelps/Nuno/Whitley out there.

      • Yankeefan91

        that’s what im saying we could of got him when he was a free agent.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          No clue. He’s the better right now, no question.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Better pitcher. No clue if he’s better at other things.

            • Old Man Time

              I see you’re time traveling.

            • Yankeefan91

              lol

  • Sage Francis

    I approve of this trade.

    Vonnegut Busy!

  • dc1874

    Friday.. June 13 2014..Yanks killed this guy.

  • TWTR

    Treading water is all Hal seems to care about.

  • ariel

    Jeff Francis???? This guy belongs in a slow pitch softball beer league!!! I didn’t realize we were “that” desperate. Calling up someone from A ball would work out better.

  • Zach

    If we want to see what the future holds, then it’s time to bring up the kids we have and see what they can do.
    Trading away Robertson or the other few pieces we have for Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee is foolish.
    If people want to see Jeter hold a trophy up, grab the Yankee Dynasty DVD series or the 2009 World Series DVD because this year isn’t happening.

    • TWTR

      Hal laughs at people like us on the way to his yacht.

  • Slap-Ass

    PTBNL will be Luis Severino.