Veteran starting pitcher Jeff Francis told MLB.com’s Thomas Harding today that he is retiring from the game. Francis was selected by the Colorado Rockies out of the University of British Columbia in the 2002 Draft, and he spent the majority of his 11-year Major League career with the Rockies. The best year of Francis’ career was 2007, when he won 17 games and earned Cy Young votes as the Rockies made it all the way to the World Series.
Although Francis briefly joined the Kansas City Royals, for the 2011 season, he returned to the Colorado Rockies for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, which would be his last as a regular in MLB starting rotations. In 2014, Francis appeared in just a handful of games for the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, and New York Yankees, compiling a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings. In 2015, Francis made more brief appearances out of the bullpen, this time for the Toronto Blue Jays. For Toronto, Francis only managed a 6.14 ERA over 22 innings, and spent much of the season in the starting rotation for Triple-A Buffalo.