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9/11/1979 (37 y, 6 m, 13 d)
$12M / 2 Years (2012 - 2013)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2014)
Francisco has elected free agency. (5/25/2014)
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Year in Review:
It's hard to believe that Francisco wasn't named the Rangers' closer much, much sooner. He's a big guy (6'3", 230) who throws in the mid-90s and averages more than a strikeout per inning for his career while keeping the walks in check. Yet, it took an injury to C.J. Wilson, an experiment with Eddie Guardado, and some discussion of other options like Jamey Wright, Joaquin Benoit, and Warner Madrigal for manager Ron Washington to finally settle upon Francisco in late-August of 2008. Francisco has pitched as the closer much like he did beforehand. In fact, in each of the four seasons where he's pitched at least eight innings, Francisco has recorded a FIP below 4.27. The only impediment to his success in '09 was, much as before, injury: Francisco went on the 15-day DL three times with biceps tendinitis, shoulder tendinitis, and pneumonia, respectively, missing a total of 53 days.
The Year Ahead:
Baseball Prospectus expert Will Carroll has made it his personal mission to demonstrate to the world that health is a skill. What remains to be seen is whether or not it's a skill that Francisco possesses. While he was healthy for all of '07 and '08 – pitching a hair over 120 innings between the two – before that, Francisco missed all of 2005 and all but 7.1 innings of 2006 due to Tommy John surgery and the subsequent rehab. Nor does last year present a compelling case on his behalf. When he's pitching, Francisco is an excellent source of saves and (for a relief pitcher) strikeouts. When it comes to draft day, though, Dirty Harry has all the advice you'll need: "You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" (Carson Cistulli)
Three straight years, three double-digit straight strikeout rates - and yet Frankie Frank seems under-rated and was jettisoned by the team that developed him this offseason. He can be a hot-head, and an extreme fly-ball pitcher, but it's probably the innings totals that are the most worrisome part of his repertoire. Or rather, the lack thereof: he's only once managed more than 60 innings and seems to hit the DL yearly. No matter, because his platoon splits are better than those Octavio Dotel or Jon Rauch have shown, he's in the catbird seat for saves in the tdot. Should he finally stay heatlhy for a year, he'll make for a great value closer in all leagues. Even if he doesn't, he'll be great while not on the DL. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Consider Francisco the favorite for saves in Toronto, and therefore also a good value pick at his position. (While he's healthy.)
After a number of years in the Texas organization, and one year in Toronto, Frank Francisco is the new closer for the New York Mets. While he only registered 17 saves in 2011, thanks to a trip to the disabled list that cost him 18 games, Francisco continued to strike out batters -- he posted a 9.41 strikeout rate. Francisco’s stuff remains electric, and there’s no reason why he can’t put up another season of a strikeout-to-walk rate around 3.00. Much like Jon Rauch, the move out of Toronto will help Francisco keep the ball in the ballpark, too. You might be worried about Francisco’s durability, as he’s made four trips to the DL in the past three years, but plying his trade in New York’s Citi Field, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t draft him. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Francisco is closing for the Mets in 2012. He’ll get you strikeouts, and some saves. And he’ll probably go on the disabled list, at least once. But nobody’s perfect, and he is worth your selection.
Last year was both typical and atypical for Frank Francisco. The problems he's had, he had before, and his one saving grace, it was still there. Francisco has had home run issues sporadically over his career. He's had a home run rate that was worse than average in three of the last four years at least. That sort of thing can happen when you are an extreme fly ball pitcher in the American League. Frankie Frank also walked entirely too many people last season, and 2012 represented the third time in his seven-(full-)year career that his walk rate wandered into double digits. The Mets closer was hurt for much of the year, putting up 42.1 innings -- he's only crossed the 60-inning threshold once, so that's his thing too. But the portly closer also threw 94 mph heat and got double-digit swinging strike rates with his splitfinger and fastball combination. And that's actually fairly uplifting -- if he can bring the walk rate back down to his career number, avoid a home run or two in the early going next season, he can return to being a fifty-inning closer for the Mets. He's under contract, anyway, and the team hasn't rushed to make Bobby Parnell the closer even with opportunity after opportunity to do so. (
The Quick Opinion:
Frankie Frank was fried for much of 2012 -- frankly, the extra frankfurters have filled his front to the point of frequent physical flare-ups -- but even his fricasseed physique probably represents the first option for saves in New York this year, and he'll be, for the most part, free. Don't shy away from him if the price is low -- saves are saves.
After a nightmarish 2012 season in which he was unable to lock down the closer job on the Mets, who had few other attractive options, Francisco spent most of 2013 sidelined with elbow issues. He’s currently a free agent and if he gets a contract at all in 2014, it’s expected to be either in a mop-up role, or perhaps a minor league offer. There is nothing about Francisco that warrants attention for fantasy leaguers of any format. (Derek Ambrosino)
The Quick Opinion:
There are so many different formats of fantasy baseball that it is rare to be able to write that nobody playing fantasy baseball needs to pay any attention whatsoever to a particular player. However, Frank Francisco has earned that rare and dubious distinction.
Francisco threw eight scoreless innings in the minors and 3 2/3 disastrous innings for the White Sox in 2014. He was released in May and no one picked him up. On the bright side, he hasn't made an error since 2011. (Jeremy Blachman)
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Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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