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Royals release Jeff Francoeur

Jul 5, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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As expected no teams wanted anything to do with the $3 million or so remaining on Jeff Francoeur‘s contract, so he passed through waivers unclaimed and has been released by the Royals.

That means Francoeur is now a free agent and able to sign with any team for whatever money and role he can get. My guess is that he’ll land another major-league contract, but it’ll be close to the minimum salary for a part-time gig.

For all his faults when pressed into everyday action–he’s been putrid while hitting .228 with a .642 OPS in 207 games since the beginning of last season–Francoeur remains a potentially useful platoon corner outfielder versus left-handed pitching. And of course everyone within baseball loves him, so landing with a contender shouldn’t shock anyone.

  1. bucrightoff - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Remember when this guy was on the cover of SI, dubbed “The Natural”?

    Whoops.

    • videomanny - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Do any of you have over 1000 major league hits?

      • Glenn - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        That is one of the lowest forms of argument.

  2. bfunk1978 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    If he’s been released and is picked up by another team, aren’t the Royals still on the hook for the remainder? So the team that picks him up would only be up for a prorated league minimum? Or am I misunderstanding?

    • rbj1 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Nope, you’ve got that right. Unlike football, baseball contracts are guaranteed.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I keep having this terrible feeling that Francoeur will be replacing Tim McCarver in the booth next year.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Craig is going to cry in his beer tonight.

  5. bankboy2012 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    potentially useful
    There’s worse things to be called I suppose. It’s what keeps me employed and married.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Dayton Moore: That’s IT! Release the KRAKEN!

    Assistant: Er.. sir, we don’t have one.

    Dayton Moore (fuming): Release Jeff Francoeur!!

  7. rockymountainoysters - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    For the Cardinals, he’d actually be an upgrade on Ty Wigginton. And Kansas City paying his contract will take away some of the sting of the 3-4 mil Wiggy’s still owed through 2014.

  8. wpjohnson - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    He would be an asset for many teams. I’d like to see the Rangers, Braves, Diamondbacks, or Reds give him a chance. Others have come back. Why not Francoeur?

  9. 13arod - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    rbj1 not all contracts are

  10. dukepatrol - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    No please tell me it’s not true. Frenchy not on a team? No this can’t happen.Someone has to pick him up. There has to be a team that doesn’t care if if really sucks, we just want him because he’s Frenchy.He’s lovable and makes people happy. Who cares that he swings at everything that approaches the plate,has no idea where the strike zone is and has been like that for years. He makes us happy. What’s 3 mil to the Dodgers or Yankees? He does have a great arm-Isn’t that worth 3 mil a year?

  11. lionsplayoffs - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    He’s still better than Brandon Inge

  12. unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I definitely think the Tiggers should sign him.

  13. dukepatrol - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I think he should take the millions he’s made and chill on the back porch. He can study basic Japanese because that is going to be the only option for him. To bad they don’t play baseball in France. It would suit his nickname well

  14. blingslade - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Sooooo, nobody gets the connection between Frenchy signing that 15 million dollar contract and his IMMEDIATE fall in production? NOBODY??????

    God, it’s so easy to see these players get on PED’s to get a big contract, then get off the PEDs to avoid putting that guaranteed contract in jeopardy!!!!

    Frenchy, Pujols, Hamilton, Mauer, AFraud, Melky and on and on and on and on.

    #headinsand

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