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Royals designate Jeff Francoeur for assignment

Jun 29, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

Jeff Francoeur AP

The Royals have designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment, reports Bob Dutton on Twitter. The veteran wasn’t producing at all, carrying a .574 OPS into today’s game against the Twins. He struck out in his only plate appearance of the day, pinch-hitting for Jarrod Dyson.

Francoeur is only 29 years old, but has followed up a season in which he posted negative 2.3 WAR with negative 0.8 through his team’s first 78 games. The Royals promoted Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha to take Francoeur’s place on the roster.

Francoeur hasn’t been as terrible in previous years and has a great reputation around baseball as a good clubhouse guy, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a couple teams expressed interest. Even using him in a platoon role is out of the question, though, as he has barely hit lefties better than righties over the last two seasons.

  1. tigersfandan - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    How is Craig’s daughter handling this?

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      The question is, how is Craig handling this?

  2. kcroyal - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Damnit, so there is a god? I’m confused again.

    • rje49 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Speaking of confusion… the Pirates have the best record in baseball right now…

  3. beefytrout - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    do NOT let Craig read the part about “being a good clubhouse guy.”

    He has no tolerance for such nonsense about team chemistry.

    • paperlions - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      I believe that Craig recognizes the existence of team chemistry, but that he simply doesn’t thing in and of itself contributes to winning.

  4. tmohr - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Rany Jazayerli is one happy man tonight.

  5. jwbiii - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    But, but. . . he has more RBIs than Wil Myers!

  6. frank433 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Let the Eil Meyers era begi…… Oh, whoops.

    • frank433 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Well, that went well.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        Ha!

  7. barrywhererufrom - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    He will be a Yankee because they want to stockpile every washed up hitter they can find..

    • mazblast - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      The Yankees can afford to do that, as even a 20% success rate is acceptable given their revenue stream. Their problem is that they no longer develop enough position players of their own to mix with the retreads and the aging in-house stars in order to win enough.

  8. vols84 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Ned has to be beside himself after this news. His hunting buddy and goat is gone.

  9. dondada10 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I’m not sure just how many teams are gonna inquire. Frenchy’s skill set basically a great arm and nothing else at this point.

  10. mazblast - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Having to cut an ex-Brave has to be eating at Dayton Moore’s stomach. He probably feels disloyal to the team he really loves at this point.

  11. Last Road Reviews - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Really enjoyed Frenchy when he was with the Mets, but by the end of his run swining at every pitch got annoying. Good guy, good clubhouse guy. Not a very good player though he’s had his moments. Hopefully someone picks him up even if a limited role.

  12. blingslade - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Frenchy was a roid boy, until the day he signed that big, fat, juicy contract,

  13. insidefastball - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    The Mets need another major league caliber outfielder badly and they could do a lot worse. He would be a far better option than bringing in another hopeless case like Ankiel.

  14. pisano - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    If his age was between 35 – 40 the Yankees would be all over him.

  15. breastfedted - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Craig is likely handling this by writing five more “Bosch is Satan, all steroid cheaters are innocent angels” stories and sucking A-rod’s cock a few more times

    • sabatimus - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      *wishes there were a report function*

      • breastfedted - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Agreed. Craig needs to be reported for the shitty writing he puts out based on petty grudges he holds, and for basically giving kids the thumbs up to take dangerous meds to get ahead in sports through said shitty writing.

  16. Tyree Studio - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    1.5 years overdue, but better late than never I guess. He had a solid 2011 for KC, but Dayton Moore never should have signed him to a 2 year extension. As said above, good clubhouse guy, good guy, great arm…not much else in the tank though.

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