The Reds hired Jeff Francis as a Geico Insurance policy. He was to provide an experienced arm and perhaps win a starters spot in the rotation in case of a repeat of last spring when both Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey started the season on the disabled list.
In an effort to prove himself as a good policy, Francis, ran into mayhem.
The Rangers, rained, hailed and pelted his parade with 11 hits and 11 runs. He only walked one if you're looking for positives. Among the near dozen hits, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run. Former Red Josh Hamilton doubled. Michael Young singled in the second, third and fourth.
Francis has an out in his minor league contract that allows him to seek a job with another team on the 28th of March, two days hence.
Francis, who pitched five good innings in his last effort, pitched only three of his scheduled six frames. He had allowed four earned runs in 13 innings until he took the mound in Surprise, Arizona tonight against Texas.