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Giants plan to platoon Jeff Francoeur with Kensuke Tanaka

Jul 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy says he plans to platoon newcomer Jeff Francoeur and 32-year-old Japanese rookie Kensuke Tanaka in left field. Francoeur, signed by the Giants on July 8 after being designated for assignment by the Royals, will join the team tomorrow. Tanaka made his Major League debut on July 9, going 1-for-4 with a hit and a walk.

Prior to his ouster from Kansas City, Francoeur was hitting .208 with a .571 OPS in 193 trips to the plate, hitting left-handers equally as poorly as he hit right-handers. Francoeur is only 29 years old, but not many are optimistic about his ability to play at the Major League level.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I’m just curious but is Brad Pill still hurt?

  2. thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    When are teams are going to learn?

    • moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      As soon as they realize that a winning smile doesn’t get on base.

  3. 13arod - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Guys he still is good almost all the hitters in kansas city werent hitting so maybe a change of team will help him

  4. scdocal - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    He obviously isn’t good. He sucked for mets and braves. Yeah he started hot but hasn’t made adjustments. I am pulling for him but I wouldn’t say he is still good. For all this Puig lovers this guy had similar stats after one month also being a free swinger

  5. DJ MC - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    So I guess in this case, Tanaka DOES play for “those Giants”?

    • gabeguterres - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      And plays left. AND robbed a homer in his first game (but, sadly, did not stand on the wall to do so). There are several players that I hope he accuses of having no marbles. It worked for Cerano.

  6. dukepatrol - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Frenchy has a secret power that makes teams pick him up after he’s been dropped. So as we see he still has a bunch of teams he as to be on yet. That’s the only reason I can think of why any team in their right mind would sign him.,he is a lousy ball player.

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