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Giants sign Francoeur to minor-league deal

In this file photo, Jeff Francoeur has a laugh in the dugout when he played for the Kansas City Royals.

In this file photo, Jeff Francoeur has a laugh in the dugout when he played for the Kansas City Royals.

The San Francisco Giants added Parkview grad Jeff Francoeur to their injury depleted outfield Tuesday, reaching a minor-league deal with the former Kansas City Royals outfielder, according to a FOXSports.com report.

Francoeur, 29, was designated for assignment June 30 and released Sunday. The Royals will pay most of Francoeur's $6.75 million salary.

San Francisco entered Friday having lost 17 of their previous 22 games, and sit in fourth place in the National League West. The team was looking to replace outfielder Angel Pagan, who could miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left hamstring.

Francoeur could play with Triple-A Fresno. He could eventually platoon with switch-hitting Andres Torres in left field, and could also fill in for Hunter Pence in right or Gregor Blanco in center.

Francoeur came up with the Atlanta Braves and has also played for the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. He's batting .208 with three home runs this season.

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Haughton 9 months, 1 week ago

Good for him! He realizes this is sink or swim, do or die. Francoeur is known to dazzle as soon as he has a change of scenery with a new team, then quickly die on the vine. Hope he has what it takes to make it through the remainder of the season, if not then he will be let go. He will not be an everyday player. He does not like being in the minors, so lets hope he revels in the challenge with a different attitude. Hits!!!

Good luck Frenchy!

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GwinnettParent 9 months, 1 week ago

Good Luck to Jeff. Whether or not this is it for him, he has done what many, many guys have wanted to but could not, he played baseball at the highest level for the better part of a decade. And much of that as many of them do, being cheered or criticized by people who would not stand up to that kind of scrutiny in their job. That is also part of their job but he lived the dream and will continue to be a part of the sport after this part of his career is over.

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SuxBeanU 9 months, 1 week ago

Good Luck Jeff. Hang in there, the bigs will be calling soon.

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