Cleveland Indians Sign Former Brave Jeff Francoeur

Monday, January 6, 2014
Jeff Francouer with the Braves at Spring Training, 2007.
Jeff Francouer with the Braves at Spring Training, 2007.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Indians have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league deal, the team announced in a press release.  Francoeur will receive an invitation to the Tribe's Major League Spring Training camp.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported on ESPB that the two sides were close to an agreement.  Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, is represented by CSE. 

Francoeur hit a combined .204/.238/.298 in 256 PA with the Royals and Giants last season, continuing a two-year slide in production for the veteran outfielder.

  The right-handed hitting Francoeur has had trouble consistently reaching base and hitting right-handed pitching throughout his career, but he has struggled against both righties and lefties over the last two seasons.  If Francoeur could at least regain his form against southpaws, he could provide bench balance to a Cleveland outfield that includes left-handed bats such as Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley, and David Murphy.


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