Jeff Francis, Reds agree to minor league deal

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Jeff Francis, who pitched in their farm system during the 2012 season.

Canadian lefty was starter, reliever with Rockies in 2013

Vancouver's Jeff Francis, who was a starter and reliever with the Rockies last season, is back with the Reds. After Cincinnati signed him to a minor league deal for 2012, he spent two months at triple-A Louisville before rejoining Colorado. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press/File)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Jeff Francis, who pitched in their farm system during the 2012 season.

The 33-year-old starter from Vancouver split time between the rotation and the bullpen for Colorado last season. He made 12 starts and 11 relief appearances, going 3-5 with a 6.27 earned-run average.

The Rockies made him a first-round pick (ninth overall) in the June 2002 amateur draft. He has a career record of 70-78 with a 4.94 ERA.

He pitched for Colorado in all but the 2011 season, when he was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts with Kansas City.

The Reds signed him to a minor league deal for 2012. He spent two months at triple-A Louisville before rejoining Colorado.

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