Jeff Francoeur Reportedly Signs with San Francisco Giants
Sources: Francoeur agrees with #SFGiants.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 9, 2013
The financial details are not yet known, but it’s hard to imagine the signing was for anything richer than a minimum salary.
The former Kansas City Royal was released last week and cleared waivers after no club was interested in the $3 million he was due for the remainder of the season, allowing the veteran to become a free agent.
Francoeur has been struggling over the past few years and is hitting just .208 with an on-base percentage of .249 in 2013. His OPS over the past two seasons is a dismal .642.
His WAR is the worst in the league over the past two years, posting a minus-2.3 since the start of the 2012 campaign, according to Fangraphs.
With numbers like those, the 29-year-old is fortunate to be playing for another major league organization.
Three teams reportedly expressed interest in the free-agent right fielder before the slumping Giants were able to garner an agreement.
Francoeur likely will not be used as an everyday player, but he could still provide some value to last year’s World Series champions—especially on defense.
However, he’s a bit inexperienced outside of right and has only played seven total games at center and two at left. He’ll need to quickly adapt in order to become a utility outfielder and prove he can still contribute in the majors.
There’s still a chance for Francoeur to turn his career around, but he’ll need to perform well in the second half of the season and show that a change of scenery is just what was needed.
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