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Padres sign Jeff Franceour to minor league contract

Mar 25, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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New home for HardballTalk favorite Jeff Francoeur.

MLB.com beat writer Corey Brock reports that the Padres have signed the veteran outfielder to a minor league contract. He will report to the minor league side of Padres camp on Wednesday morning.

Francoeur was cut by the Indians last week despite batting .286/.359/.429 with 10 RBI in 13 games.

The 30-year-old hit just .204/.238/.298 in 256 plate appearances last season between the Royals and Giants, and he admitted to feelings of depression during the end of his tenure in San Francisco.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    If he can just make it 7 more years he will be looking at one sweet 4 year contract from the Phillies.

  2. chargrz - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Probably bat clean up for the Padres. Team is a joke!

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    As soon as Drew hit the “post” button, Craig instantly sprang up in his bed in a cold sweat as if waking up from a terrible, terrible nightmare.

  4. Barry's Triceps - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    You can’t be a Hardball talk favorite unless you have played 20+ seasons of mediocre to above average baseball. See Biggio, Craig.

    Playing 20 years at a high level makes you hated here at HBT. See Jeter, Derek.

    Taking steroids and having a body that might make your wife make a bad decision makes you hated here as well. See Rod, A.

    Taking steroids and still having the lovable fat body makes you a hero here. See Ortiz, David.

    Just summarized hardballtalk in one post. My work here is done.

    • Patrick R. - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      #yankeetroll

  5. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    I love satire and snark as much as the next guy but come on.

    .281 avg, 17 hr, 67 rbis, 24 steals, 105 r, .363 obp, .433 slg, 174 hits, 268TB.

    You don’t average those numbers for two decades by being mediocre to above average while playing three “up the middle” positions and playing every position but first base, third base, and pitcher.

    However you weigh your stats, Biggio is a top 10-15 second baseman of all time. Period.

    One All Star and Silver Slugger as a catcher and six All Stars with four Silver Sluggers as a second baseman. Tack on four gold gloves (maybe they meant something back then).

  6. whatacrocker - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    This guy has nine lives. He won’t die.

  7. Old Gator - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    See, Histy? I tolja.

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