Francoeur released from Indians

Photo by Don Wright

Photo by Don Wright

Jeff Francoeur had a solid spring with the Cleveland Indians, but not a good enough one to earn a major league spot.

The Indians released Francoeur from his minor league contract on Saturday and the former Parkview two-sport star might have his once-promising career hanging in limbo at age 30.

The outfielder was released by both Kansas City and San Francisco last season and his only offer for this season was a make-good invitation to spring training.

The strong-armed Francoeur showed promise, batting .286 with two doubles, a homer and 10 RBIs in 13 Cactus League games. He also had four walks to six strikeouts while posting a .359 on-base percentage and .429 slugging mark. The Indians, though, didn’t have a major league spot for the former rookie sensation with his hometown Atlanta Braves.

Utilityman Elliot Johnson, with the Braves at the end of last season, won out over Francoeur.

General manager Chris Antonetti said the Indians would try to help Francoeur find a major league job.

Although last season was dismal on the field, it was also the year that he and his wife, Catie, had their first child. Emma Kate is now eight months old.

“I’ve said last year was the greatest year of my life and the worst year because I really (stunk) as a ballplayer,” he told an Ohio newspaper, the Beacon-Journal. “But having that little girl when you come home was worth every second of it.”