The Reds release Jeff Francis

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Jeff Francis was a spring NRI for the Reds, and has been toiling in Louisville all year.  Toiling fairly successfully, however, at least if you avoid the W-L record:  3-6 with a 3.72 ERA and 65 strikeouts to 18 walks in 77 innings.  He threw a shutout yesterday.  But now he’s just out, as the Reds released him.

It was at his request, however, as he had an opt-out provision dated June 1.  Given that there isn’t any room in the rotation for him in Cincinnati, and given that he just finished on a high note, one can’t blame him.  And you have to figure he’ll latch on someplace.