Jack Zduriencik has admitted to interest in adding a starting pitcher to the Jeff Francis. Earlier this morning, Geoff Baker mentioned that the Mariners were going to meet with Francis' agent. Then Jon Morosi chimed in with:' rotation. Recently, the Mariners were linked to free agent
Agent for Jeff Francis plans to meet #, #Mariners, # this week.
I know it isn't fair, but I can't help my instinctive responses, and my instinctive response when I see the Mariners included in that company is "bleh". As a rule of thumb, I don't like when my team pursues the same free agents as the Pirates, because it reminds me that my team has a lot in common with the Pirates, and the Pirates bum me out.
So, Francis. We won't go super in-depth here, because this is still in the early stages, and there's no sense going super in-depth on every player to which the Mariners are linked. But we should say something.
Good: Over the past two seasons, since coming back from shoulder surgery, Francis has posted a better FIP than Colby Lewis, Jair Jurrjens and Carl Pavano.
Bad: Last year, Francis' strikeouts dropped from 15% to 11% as he moved from the NL to the AL. His strikeout rate did not drop by four percent. It dropped by four percentage points.
Good: Francis is left-handed, making him a fit for the ballpark.
Bad: Along with the drop in strikeouts, Francis saw his velocity drop by more than two miles per hour across the board.
Good: Francis has an injury history and has posted a higher-than-expected ERA of late, potentially driving down his price.
Bad: Chris Capuano has had a similar last two seasons, and he signed for $10 million over two guaranteed years.
Good: Based simply on WAR/salary, Francis will probably be worth more than the contract he signs.
Bad: Do the Mariners need to be spending that money on an older Jason Vargas clone?
Undecided: Here are some pictures of Jeff Francis making the same facial expression. Those eyebrows.