The Pirates are still interested in Francis.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of seven teams still interested in left handed starter Jeff Francis.  Crasnick lists the Nationals, Royals, Rangers, Rockies, and both New York teams as the other interested teams.

Francis is coming off a year where he put up a 5.00 ERA in 104.1 innings, along with a 5.8 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9.  He was recovering from a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss the 2009 season.  The Pirates currently have a projected rotation of James McDonald, Kevin Correia, Ross Ohlendorf, and Paul Maholm, with Scott Olsen, Charlie Morton, Brad Lincoln, and Jeff Karstens among the players who will battle for the fifth starter role.  There have been a lot of trade rumors surrounding Maholm, wh...

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