Yankees acquire Jeff Francis from Athletics



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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  1. tom says:

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

  2. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Problems solved.

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

  4. CMed21 says:

    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 says:

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

      • Scott says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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’.

  5. Robert says:


  6. Furt says:

    Signed a jays fan

  7. ac1 says:

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

  8. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Does this mean no more Miller Time?

  9. ChrisS says:

    Can he hit?

  10. ac1 says:

    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.

  11. Ghost of Aaron Small says:

    Good bye Matt Thornton!

  12. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    I just ordered my playoff tickets.

  13. ac1 says:

    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 says:

      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?

    • Fernando says:

      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.

  14. The Great Gonzo says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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?!?!?!?!!?


  15. ac1 says:

    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.

  16. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    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.

  17. ac1 says:

    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 says:

      and move Betances to the rotation.

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

      • ac1 says:

        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 says:

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

          • ac1 says:

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

            • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

              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 says:

              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 says:

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

            • Mike Axisa says:

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

            • Scott says:

              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.

            • Mr. Roth says:


              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 says:

          Excuse me.

          *bashes own head on a brick*

    • Fernando says:

      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?

  18. EndlessJose says:

    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.

  19. ac1 says:

    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 says:

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

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        He does.

        • tom says:

          Cot’s said otherwise.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

            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 says:

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

  20. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeffie Franchise!

  21. tom says:

    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!

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

  23. Athos says:

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

  24. Nathan says:

    Cashman = garbage man

  25. ac1 says:


  26. Darren says:

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

  27. Geno says:

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

    • ac1 says:

      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.

      • Give him the Kimbrel contract?

      • Mandy Stankiewicz says:

        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.

      • Steve Y. says:

        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?

    • Nathan says:

      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 says:

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

    • Dick M says:

      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 says:

      Signed, the Kansas City Royals

  28. ac1 says:

    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”

  29. hey now says:

    Our long, slow trudge to utter mediocrity continues.

  30. ac1 says:

    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 says:

      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.

  31. willie w says:

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

  32. ron says:

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

  33. Jeter is garbage says:

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

  34. Leg-End says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

  35. Derek Jeter says:

    Just pick someone from the stands to pitch….

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

  37. Derek Jeter says:

    THE next Cy Young has arrived..

  38. Jorge Steinbrenner says:


    I don’t follow what they find puzzling here.

  39. RetroRob says:

    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.

  40. Frank says:

    Francis? LOL.

  41. willie w says:


    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.

  42. BB says:

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

  43. Dan says:

    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.

  44. Yankeefan91 says:

    could of just signed Capuano hes better the Francis

  45. Sage Francis says:

    I approve of this trade.

    Vonnegut Busy!

  46. dc1874 says:

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

  47. TWTR says:

    Treading water is all Hal seems to care about.

  48. ariel says:

    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.

  49. Zach says:

    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.

  50. Slap-Ass says:

    PTBNL will be Luis Severino.

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