Reds sign pitcher Jeff Francis

Colorado Rockies against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports September 29, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Reds have signed pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor league deal.

Francis suffered from injuries early in his career and posted a 6.27 ERA in 70 innings for the Colorado Rockies last season.

Francis is not expected to make a run at the 2014 rotation, but if Tony Cingrani is held to an innings limit, or if a Reds starter experiences injury issues he could be in the mix for fill-in starts.