Rockies Rumors: Colorado Interested in Kevin Correia, Jeff Francis

The Colorado Rockies are “working on multiple fronts as they attempt to bolster” their starting rotation, and the team is interested in numerous free agent pitchers, including right-hander Kevin Correia and left-hand Jeff Francis, reports Troy Renck of The Denver Post.

While a trade remains possible, Colorado has expressed interest in numerous free agents, including right-hander Kevin Correia and left-hander Jeff Francis, according to sources.

The Rockies are seeking a pitcher to fill the role it cast right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who was traded to the Kansas City Royals last summer: “a reliable arm, capable of giving the team a chance to win every five days,” according to Renck.

While Guthrie ultimately was unable to fill that role, prompting his trade, Renck believes Correia fits the profile. The 32-year-old maintained an ERA of 4.21 over 32 appearances, including 28 starts, last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and owns a career ERA of 4.54 over 10 seasons in the majors.

Francis rejoined the Rockies, the team that made him a first-round pick in the 2002 MLB Draft, last season. Over 24 starts the lefty maintained an ERA of 5.58. The 31-year-old has posted an ERA of 4.86 over eight seasons at the major league level.

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