What it means: Brian Cashman will try to find little pieces to put together this pitching puzzle. I could see Francis possibly starting on Sunday or being part of the bullpen. Joe Girardi will fill us in later.
Is he any good?: The A's designated him for assignment. As good as the A's are, what does that tell you? The Yankees are giving up cash and a player to be named later. So, in other words, no, he is not great. He might not even be OK. But the Yankees will need to be more lucky than good right now.
His numbers: Francis, 33, is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 18 1/3 innings with the A's and Reds this season. In his career, he is 70-80 with a 4.95 ERA.
Question: Can Francis replace Masahiro Tanaka? (Relax, we're just having fun.)