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Jeff Francis, Royals agree on deal

Updated: January 14, 2011, 4:37 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Free-agent pitcher Jeff Francis has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed deal with the Kansas City Royals.

The deal will pay Francis a base salary of $2 million, a baseball source said. Francis has an opportunity to earn an additional $2 million in performance bonuses based on starts and innings pitched.

Francis, 30, has a 55-50 record with a 4.77 ERA in six seasons with the Colorado Rockies. He went 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA last season in his comeback from shoulder ...

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