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Chicago Cubs Checking Out Royals Starter Jeff Francis Among Others

Former Kansas City Royals starter Jeff Francis might be heading back to the National League if a match works out well with the Chicago Cubs to fill out their starting rotation. Jerry Crasnick is reporting that Francis and Paul Maholm have both drawn the Cubs interest as they seek to fill out the rotation. Francis pitched one year for the Royals last year as he maintained an ability to stay healthy, but not much more.

The Cubs are apparently checking in several places given that there’s several rumors swirling about a Reds-Cubs deal that would bring over Travis Wood for Sean Marshall. The question is whether the Cubs want to give up an asset like Marshall for several controllable seasons of a fourth/fifth starter type or whether they want to keep Marshall as a bullpen anchor and bring in a guy like Francis for the short-term. There are pros and cons to both sides.

Francis went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA last season for the Royals.