Reds sign Francis

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Francis throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of...

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Francis throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

The Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday confirmed the signing of left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis.

The Vancouver native has signed a minor-league contract but will have the opportunity at spring training to win a spot in the Reds rotation.

The 31-year-old was 6-16 with the Kansas City Royals last season with a 4.82 earned-run average.

The Reds also finalized a one-year contract with outfielder Ryan Ludwick. The 33-year-old hit .237 last season with 13 homers and 75 RBI for the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates.


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