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Padres designate Jeff Francoeur for assignment

Aug 11, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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In calling up prospect Rymer Liriano the Padres needed to create a spot on the roster and to do so they just designated for assignment veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

Francoeur was called up last month when the Padres were trading away various regulars. He was an outfielder/pitcher at Triple-A, but appeared only as a position player with the Padres while hitting .083 with seven strikeouts in 24 at-bats.

Dating back to 2012 he’s hit a combined .222 with a .269 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage in 239 games for three different MLB teams and the 30-year-old wasn’t particularly productive at Triple-A considering the Pacific Coast League’s hitter-friendly environment.

  1. acepicker4 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    C’est domage. Au revoir Frenchie!

  2. raysfan1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I still want the Braves to sign him…and to have video footage of Craig Calcaterra’s face when he hears the news.

  3. jerze2387 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    …and craig calcaterra is now on 48 hour suicide watch

  4. historiophiliac - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Poor Frenchie.

  5. dondada10 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I can see Frenchy ending up on an Indy League Team. Japan would be cool, too.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      if he ends up in Japan, it’ll be like the movie “mr. Baseball”

      • bklynbaseball - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        …except that the guy in the movie could actually hit……

      • jerze2387 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        True. Maybe frenchy should grow a tom selleck like moustache….

  6. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I can’t speak for what kind of an instructor he’d make, but Frenchie sounds to me like he’d be some team’s ideal public relations or media relations point man. Fans have loved him everywhere he’s played for any meaningful amount of time. He has always made a positive impression on everyone he’s met. He’s articulate and friendly and he clearly loves the game. I think it would be a tremendous waste of value if some team didn’t offer him an administrative job at some level and let him become “the face of the franchise” or media secretary.

    Anyway, all the best of luck to a good, decent guy.

    • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      The media loves him too, for the same reasons you list. Something in media relations would seem to be a perfect fit, if he has reached the end of the line as a ballplayer.

  7. wahoo21 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Maybe AJ Preller is going to get some guys up and see what they have……..for the guys that have been playing for the Padres……its time to bust out and keep a job or plan on packing your bags.
    The idea of a retirement stop before you are out of baseball is over in San Diego.

    About time

    • gloccamorra - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      It was never a retirement stop, more like a veteran pitcher rejuvenation clinic, where Petco dropped ERAs a full run and hoodwinked other GMs into thinking there was still something in the tank. Most have caught on by now.

  8. blingslade - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I think Frenchy amped up for his last big contract and then, once signed, stopped amping up so he wouldn’t get caught. Remember, the only way the contract isn’t guaranteed is if they get suspended.

    • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Remember, the only way the contract isn’t guaranteed is if they get suspended.

      or it’s a minor league contract, which is what Francoeur signed. His contract wasn’t purchased until July 23rd.

      • blingslade - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Thanks for noticing I was referring to “his last BIG contract”.

  9. dillongeeescapeplan - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Those Padres are quite the pranksters!

  10. jerze2387 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Something tells me after being locked in a bathroom by his AAA teammates, he wont be so sure to accept his assignment to AAA again.

    if he does, id like to see them pull the deaf prank on him again. Considering he hasnt demonstrated hes the brightest crayon in the box, theres a decent chance he falls for it. Again. With the same guy.

  11. ptfu - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Frenchy couldn’t cut the mustard.

    No, really, this sucks. Francoeur’s a good dude, happy trails pardner.

  12. huddlma - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    He had some great seasons with the Braves, and one great season with the Royals. He was only worth about as much as Ryan Church in the long run….

    Great guy, has a nice future ahead of him in a front office somewhere.

    Atlanta should bring him back.

  13. twinfan24 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    He had a good run, especially for a guy without a great OBP. From all accounts, he is a very nice guy. He reportedly made over $25 million, which is probably too high given his career .305 OBP, but more power to him. As someone else mentioned, I could see him playing more independent ball, and maybe working more on the pitching. It wouldn’t shock me if we heard about his pitching more in a few years if he stuck with it. He’s only 30 now. If he were a lefty, he might have more of a chance to make it back as a pitcher.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I agree, he should stick to pitching exclusively. I saw his first game defensively in RF, and ‘rusty’ doesn’t begin to cover it. He can no longer hit or field, so I think he has a chance to stick as a pitcher, though “mop up” might be his ceiling there.

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