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Minnesota Twins Looking At Former Royals Starter Jeff Francis

The Minnesota Twins are searching for pitching help and they were rumored to be among the finalists for Chris Capuano, who ultimately signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, they might find a former Kansas City Royal starter to their liking, according to Fox Sports Jon Paul Morosi.

Morosi writes, "The Minnesota Twins were among the finalists for newly-signed Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano, and now general manager Terry Ryan must turn to other options as he attempts to upgrade his rotation. One name on the Twins’ list: Jeff Francis. The Twins have had initial talks with a representative for Francis, a source said, and the sides are likely to have further discussions at the winter meetings in Dallas next week. The Canadian left-hander went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA for the Royals this season, his first as an American League pitcher."

While Francis' numbers do not look good, especially the 16 wins, it's also clear that he was playing for a poor team. Then again, the Twins were right alongside the Royals near season's end. The Twins are certainly aware of what Francis will bring to the mound, considering he faced them three times last season. His ultimate line against the Twins? He went 0-2 in 21 innings with a 4.64 ERA.