Lefty starter Jeff Francis, a 2002 Rockies first round pick and homegrown talent, has agreed on a one-year deal to return to Colorado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Twitter Wednesday.
Crasnick reports the deal is still pending a physical.
Francis was signed by the Rockies in June after pitching in the Cincinnati Reds’ minor league organization and went 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA in 24 starts for Colorado in 2012. While his numbers were so-so, Francis was often the rotation’s best pitcher in a Rockies season filled with pitching woes. The lefty projects as a stabilizing fourth or fifth starter behind Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Juan Nicasio.
Francis had said that he wanted to return to the Rockies, and it looks like he’ll be getting his wish.
Financial terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.