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Yankees acquire Jeff Francis from A’s

Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL- MAY 14: Starting pitcher Jeff Francis #26 of the Colorado Rockies delivers during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 14, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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Needing some emergency pitching depth following the Masahiro Tanaka injury news, the Yankees have acquired veteran left-hander Jeff Francis from the A’s for cash.

Francis, who has bounced around a ton over the past few years, was designated for assignment by Oakland after posting a 5.89 ERA in 18 innings.

At age 33 he hasn’t posted a sub-5.00 ERA since 2011 and dating back to 2008 he has a combined 5.22 ERA in 633 innings, but Francis can fill a rotation or bullpen role and the Yankees basically just needed a living, breathing veteran pitcher for a little while.

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