The Yankees made a move today to acquire Jeff Francis from the Oakland Athletics after he was designated for assignment last week. There's no word on what the team is giving up in return, but it likely won't be much, likely a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The 33-year-old lefty has a 5.89 ERA and 3.67 FIP in 18.1 innings spent between the Reds and the A's this year. He has a lifetime 4.95 ERA and 4.38 FIP with a 6.01 K/9 and 2.66 BB/9. He is also homer prone with a 1.11 HR/9, making him not much different from Vidal Nuno, in all honesty.
Who knows how they'll use him going forward at this point. He could move into the rotation to replace Chase Whitley, who is, in turn, replacing Masahiro Tanaka. He could be used a longman out of the bullpen or they might just stick him in Triple-A since their pitching has been decimated recently. We'll find out everything soon enough and I'm sure we're all very excited to find out more.
#Athletics trade LHP Jeff Francis to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) July 11, 2014
Though Yankees PR says the deal is for a PTBNL, so we'll eventually see who is actually telling the truth and who is lying!
The Yankees have designated Jim Miller for assignment, likely clearing a space on the roster for Francis.
Roster Moves: Acquired LHP Jeff Francis and cash from Oakland for a PTBNL, recalled RHP Matt Daley from @swbrailriders, DFA RHP Jim Miller— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 11, 2014