Reds said to have deal with lefty Francis

Reds said to have deal with lefty Francis

CINCINNATI -- Looking to supplement their rotation with extra depth, the Reds reached a Minor League deal late Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis, according to

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told last week that his club was interested in adding Francis, a free agent.

Francis, 30, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts last season with the Royals. Most of his career had been spent with the Rockies from 2004-10. He was a 17-game winner in 2007.

Lifetime, Francis is 61-66 with a 4.78 ERA in 181 games (180 starts).

The chances of Francis cracking the Reds' starting five could be long heading into camp. Cincinnati already had six pitchers in Johnny Cueto, new acquisition Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman vying for five spots.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.