Rockies decline option on Francis, possibly Olivo
Tracy Ringolsby reports via Twitter that the Colorado Rockies have declined their $7 million option on left-handed starter . The former first-round pick was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 2010 after missing all of the 2009 season while recovering from shoulder surgery. But Francis was held to just 104 1/3 innings and 20 appearances (19 starts) after two extended stays on the disabled list to start the season and again in September.
The Rockies have interest in bring Francis back on an incentive-laden deal.
Ringolsby also reports that the team will decline their $2.5 million option on despite an indications after the season they were leaning to bringing him back.
UPDATE, Nov. 4, 6:50 p.m.: The Rockies officially announced this afternoon that they had declined the options on Francis and Octavio Dotel, but have not released word on Olivo.