It’s come to this for the beleaguered Giants. Signing a player that not even the Kansas City Royals wanted.
The Giants and outfielder Jeff Francoeur agreed to a minor-league contract. The team hopes he can give the slumping outfield some kind of boost eventually. Easier said than done. He was DFA’ed by the Royals last month after hitting .208 with 3 homers and 13 RBI in 59 games with a -0.8 WAR. Over his nine-year career, he’s .264/.307/.422 with 140 homers.
More, per Alex Pavlovic:
Having not talked to Bruce Bochy for a solid, oh about seven hours, I figure Francoeur is probably looked at as a potential right-handed hitting complement to Andres Torres and Gregor Blanco in left field. Francoeur has played almost exclusively right field in his career, but the Giants have had Hunter Pence there for all but nine innings this season. The big hole in the outfield is in left field, where Juan Perez and Cole Gillespie have been called upon as right-handed bats.
According to Rosenthal, the Royals will be responsible for nearly all of the rest of Francoeur’s $6.75 million salary. The Giants will pay him only a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum.
For now, Francoeur reports to Triple-A Fresno. In the meantime, the Giants have bought the contract of 32-year-old rookie outfielder Kensuke Tanaka from Fresno and DFA’ed Gillespie.