SB Nation reports that the Cincinnati Reds have released left-handed starter Jeff Francis upon his request, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Francis’ contract included an opt-out clause for June 1 which the 31-year-old elected to exercise.
#Reds have released LHP Jeff Francis at his request. He had an opt-out in his contract on June 1. Francis is now a free agent— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) June 4, 2012
After spending the 2011 season with the Kansas City Royals, Francis signed a minor league contract with the Reds this January. Over his 12 starts for Cincinnati’s Triple-A affiliate, Francis posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.72 and 1.319 in 77 1/3 innings of work. Francis maintained 7.6 SO/9 and 2.1 BB/9.
Last season Francis started 31 games for the Royals and logged 183 innings. Over that span, Francis managed an ERA and WHIP of 4.82 and 1.437 with 4.5 SO/9 and 1.9 BB/9.