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Jeff Francoeur’s eyes are in the best shape of his life

Dec 9, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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According to’s Ken Rosenthal, free agent Jeff Francouer recently had LASIK surgery and has decided to go to a lighter bat in an attempt to salvage his career.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old Francoeur finished last season out of the league after being let go by the Giants in late August. On the heels of a rough 2012, he hit a combined .204/.238/.298 in 245 at-bats for the Royals and Giants.

Francoeur has long used one of the game’s biggest bats, but he’s going to try changing that up next season. According to Rosenthal, he and Baltimore’s Chris Davis were the only players in the league to use 35-ounce bats last season. A lighter bat might allow him to start his swing a bit later, giving him more time to realize that he might not want to flail at the 59-foot curveballs and heaters above his head.

Francoeur has hit .263/.306/.419 with 140 homers in nine big-league seasons. He’s probably going to have to accept a minor league contract with a chance to compete for a bench job next spring.

  1. nymets4ever - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    He had a short tenure with the Mets but left a good overall impression on the fanbase with his gritty style of play. I’m rooting for him to succeed, bc he seems like a nice guy who loves the game and plays with passion….and so he can shut all the snarky statheads up.

    • pjmitch - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      And if a team is going to give him a minor league contract, why not the Mets?

      • nymets4ever - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Because we’re pretty much set at outfield, with Young, Young, Granderson, Lagares, Puello, den Dekker, Vaughn, Nieuwnehuis, Nimmo, etc.

      • insidefastball - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Chris Young is the one guy who might hit for a lower average the Frenchy if he is given the chance to play every day.

    • Simon M. - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      “… left a good overall impression on the fanbase with his gritty style of play.”

      Oh, he’d be perfect for the Diamondbacks, then.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      “so he can shut all the snarky statheads up”

      I’m not a stathead, but even by traditional measures, he was pretty bad the last two years. .226 BA with 180 strikeouts.

  2. felser - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Hope he makes it. Despite his obvious flaws as a player, he seems like a delightful character.

  3. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Bench player/defensive replacement. He should be able to find a major league deal with that cannon of an arm in RF. there are much worse 5th OF in baseball

    • paperlions - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Who is worse?

      Since 2012, among OFers with > 300 PA, Franceour is last in WAR with -2.9.

      He is 161st out of 167 in both wOBA and wRC+.

      He is 159th out of 167 in baserunning.

      And he is 137th out of 167 in defensive value.

      In short, he sucks at everything related to helping teams win baseball games.

  4. sportsdrenched - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Quick, someone take Dayton Moore’s cell phone from him.

  5. spudchukar - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Great now he can see what he can’t hit.

  6. bluesoxbaseball - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Wouldn’t be shocked to see the Reds offer him a minor-league contract.

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