So, I was looking at potential replacements for Paul Maholm that could possibly be on the market, and Jeff Francis popped out at me as a possible signing. Yes, he had injury ridden 08 and 09 campaigns, but he bounced back in 2010 to a 3.79 xFIP and 3.88 FIP season for 2.0 WAR and had a 4.29 xFIP season and 4.10 FIP season this year while throwing 183 innings and accumulating 2.6 WAR. Not to mention that he has shown significant upside before the injury with a 3.6 WAR season in 2006 and a 4.1 WAR season in 2007. He seems actually fairly comparable to Maholm with a slightly better past peak but with an injury history as well. My question is how much do you think he will make in 2012? He made $2 million plus performance bonuses this year, but I'm pretty sure he'll get a pay hike after pitching at an acceptable level in 2011.
Now I won't make a poll on this, because I expect opinions to wildly very, so state in the comments how much you think he will make in the off season, how many years he'll sign to, and if YOU believe the Pirates should attempt to sign him, and if so at what price.