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Indians cut Jeff Francoeur

Mar 22, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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Jeff Francoeur signed a minor league deal with the Indians over the winter in hopes of earning a spot on the Opening Day roster, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he was cut from the team this morning.

Francoeur was actually pretty productive during Cactus League play, hitting 286/.359/.429 with one home run, two doubles, 10 RBI and a 6/4 K/BB ratio over 39 plate appearances. However, it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on Cleveland’s bench.

Francoeur turned 30 in January and owns an ugly .226/.272/.354 batting line since the start of the 2012 season. As well-liked as he is in the game, he might have to prove himself in the minors to get his next opportunity in the big leagues.

  1. bobulated - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Welcome to Japan Francouer-san.

  2. brownsbravescanes - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Smart move to cut him; dumb move to sign him in the first place. Worst player in baseball, period.

    • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Does the name “Ty Wigginton” mean anything to you?

  3. realgone2 - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Some team will pick him up. He has like 9 lives or something.

  4. cackalackyank - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    IF he played 1b, I’d say Yankees.

    • Old Gator - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      If he played third base two or three times in the past seven or eight years, I’d say Feesh.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      If he played 1B, he would easily be among the worst players in the league because of his bat.

      • cackalackyank - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        You are forgetting what NYY trotted out there at 1B last year….

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Yankees 1B in 2013:

        .229/.292/.397, 101 tOPS+

        Francoeur in 2012-13: .226/.272/.354, 70 OPS+

        A healthy Teixeira is a much, much better player than Frenchy.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        I like Frenchy… but even an INJURED Texia is a better player than the in the best shape of his life Jeff Francoeur…

  5. frombump2baby - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Maybe Andruw Jones will put in a good word for him and they can be teammates again, this time for the Rakuten Eagles of Japan.

  6. cur'68 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    We are but a Texiera/Beltran/Elsbury injury away from seeing a pinstriped Frenchy I think. And when that happens, I bet he’ll actually be quite productive. Vernon “Mr. Beelzy” Wells was. For a while. Until pitchers started letting him get himself out (The Breaking Ball Away: AKA “Thus I refute Beelzy”). The dimensions of NYS lend themselves to guys with warning track hitting and decent outfield arms.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      I concur. The Ellsbury injury has already happened, he was supposed to be back in the lineup yesterday…and he wasn’t. The Texeira one is just a matter of when, not if it happens. Tex has only played 162 twice in his career, and that was awhile ago. It would have been so much easier to resign Reynolds or Overbay as insurance. But, I am guessing now it will be Francouer.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        ” Tex has only played 162 twice in his career”

        That’s a bad thing? Not that many players can say they’ve done that. And Tex has six seasons of 155+ games played (along with 145-146 in his first two seasons).

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        im still trying to figure out when did Tex become this injury prone player? Last year was the only time in his career where he missed considerable time in a season and players have come back from the injury he had so I don’t get it. Sounds like the haters just need something to talk about

      • cur'68 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        haters just need something to talk about

        Now this right here is some ironical mo-fo’n sh!t. Lets give him a big had folks. Just when you thought the Little Chimpy Boy couldn’t be any stupider he shows how vast his fund of stupidity is.

        Here dummy. Have a peanut. And go bathe.

      • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I think “go bathe” was perhaps your biggest waste of breath since you tried to get a straight answer from the Karachi-based customer service rep of your cable company about all those strange little charges on your monthly bill.

  7. kingdiamond5 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Orioles will probably sign him to a minor league deal.

  8. wpjohnson - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Francoeur has been an exemplary example for youth, a good team mate, and a credit to the game. He deserves better than the smart ass remarks from all these limp-wristed posters.

    • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      No one’s dissing his character – which, in all likelihood, what has kept him in the show as long as someone with his stats would normally be expected to hang around. With all due respect to his affability and legion other great qualities, when a guy steps up to the plate, you want him to produce, not set a fine example of moral continence for our youth.

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