Report: Yankees Acquire Jeff Francis From Athletics

Posted on Jul 11 2014 - 5:29pm by Johnny Feulner
Jeff Francis (left) has been acquired by the New York Yankees - Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Jeff Francis (left) has been acquired by the New York Yankees – Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy/Getty Images

The New York Yankees have run into a pitching dilemma lately, as they’re now indefinitely without four of their original five starting hurlers.

Ivan Nova (out for the season), Michael Pineda (indefinitely), C.C. Sabathia (likely out for season), and now Masahiro Tanaka (tear in his elbow) are all sidelined.

After trading Vidal Nuno to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy to eat up innings, New York has gone out and acquired another pitcher to aid their injury woes.

According to the Yankees’ Twitter handle, New York has reportedly gotten pitcher Jeff Francis and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later.

Francis, 33, has started just one game this season – for the Cincinnati Reds – and appeared in nine games with Oakland. He has pitched 18.1 innings, struck out 18, and owns a miserable 5.89 ERA.

It’s unclear how New York will use Francis, but given their starting pitching is utterly dismantled, he’s most likely set to join their rotation, despite having started just one game this season.

In addition to acquiring Francis, New York has recalled pitcher Matt Daley from Triple-A and designated pitcher Jim Miller for assignment.

Daley has appeared in 12 games for New York and has a 4.85 ERA. Miller had a 20.25 ERA (6 ER in 2.2 innings), and gave up seven hits in two appearances.