Adam Rubin says the Mets are looking at former Colorado Rockie Jeff Francis, the Game 1 starter for the 2007 NL Champions.
Francis is coming off shoulder surgery which sidelined him in 2009. This is the kind of player that the Mets should be looking at while operating on a tight budget. He’s had success before, will be a bargain because of his injury history, and pitched in an extreme hitter’s park.
The transfer from Coors to Citi could elevate Francis’ game, which would make this possible deal fantastic.
If the Mets were to land both Francis and Young, I’d be more optimistic about the 2011 team than I am right now. They would give the rotation possible depth, but it would be wise to also go out and get added depth behind them considering their history.
Update: Apparently the Mets have not offered Francis a contract…yet.
On another note, it will be interesting to see how Sandy Alderson tackles the bullpen. While he is no longer tied down to a small-market club, he must operate in 2011 as if he still is. Given the limited breathing room he has on the payroll, Alderson must transform a rotation and bullpen in order to keep fans in the seats. It will be fascinating to watch.