Jeff Francoeur posted an unremarkable in 2016, as his 0.2 WAR signified that he almost exactly fit the bill of a replacement-level player. However, his 2016 season was actually an improvement from 2015, as he was able to increase both his on-base and slugging percentage. In 2016, the 32-year-old slashed .254/.297/.378 to go along with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 31 plate appearances. While Francoeur was able to raise his abysmal 2015 walk rate of 3.8 percent to 6.0 percent in 2016, it still was nothing to write home about. Additionally, the Miami outfielder's .333 BABIP was the highest since his rookie year, which would provide significant reason to believe his numbers will regress at least slightly in 2017. Francoeur is currently a free agent, but has a good chance to find a role as a fourth outfielder and replacement-level bat in 2017. The question will be whether he can get on base enough despite his reputation as a free-swinger who walks very rarely.
Francoeur was traded to the Marlins Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. The Marlins were looking to add a right-handed hitting outfielder to the roster. He will likely play most often in right field. The 32-year-old is slashing .249/.290/.381 on the season.
Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday against the Phillies. Francoeur's seventh blast of the year came in the seventh inning, providing the only runs the Braves would score in a 2-1 victory. He's now homered in two of his last three contests, and he's slashing .250/.289/.394 on the season.
Francoeur is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies. Francoeur will get the night off in favor of Chase d'Arnaud. The veteran outfielder is now hitting just .182/.206/.303 with one home run, four RBI and 16 strikeouts in 33 at-bats since the All-Star break.
Francoeur is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, according to Kevin McAlpin of the Braves' Radio Network. Francoeur started the last three games in left field, but he owns just a .552 OPS against right-handers this year, so he will be held out Wednesday with quality righty Anthony DeSclafani on the mound for the Reds. Chase d'Arnaud will get the start in left field Wednesday afternoon.
Francoeur is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rockies. The veteran outfielder is almost exactly in line with his career .261/.304/.417 slash line this season, except the power is a little down (.396 SLG). He has been the team's typical left fielder of late, but will make way for Jace Peterson on Saturday.