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AP Source: LHP Jeff Francis Stays With Rockies

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Starting pitcher Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 4, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 4, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jeff Francis is staying with the Colorado Rockies.

The 31-year-old left-hander has agreed to a one-year contract, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

Francis is 67-73 with a 4.86 ERA in 205 starts and one relief appearance during eight major league seasons – seven with Colorado and one with Kansas City. He was 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA in 24 big league starts this year after he spent the first two months of the season with Cincinnati’s Triple-A farm team at Louisville.

A first-round draft pick in 2002, when he was selected ninth overall, Francis missed the 2009 season following shoulder surgery.

- By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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