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Padres call up prospect Rymer Liriano, DFA Jeff Francoeur

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jeff Francoeur has been designated for assignment.
Jeff Francoeur has been designated for assignment. (USATSI)

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The San Diego Padres have promoted prospect Rymer Liriano from Triple-A El Paso and, as a corresponding move, designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment, the club announced Monday.

Liriano, 23, was the 55th best prospect in baseball before last season, according to MLB.com, but he missed all of 2013 with an elbow injury and a bit of the shine wore off. Still, he has hit .291/.362/.473 with 31 doubles, 14 homers, 66 RBI and 20 steals this season in Double-A (99 games) and Triple-A (16 games).

He has been scorching hot in Triple-A since his promotion, hitting .452 with 11 doubles and a 1.182 OPS.

The best guess is the Padres wouldn't call him up so quickly into his Triple-A tenure only to bench him, so we'll assume he gets regular playing time.

Francoeur, 30, continues his bounce around baseball. One of baseball's true good guys has a power bat and power arm, but just isn't productive overall in the batter's box. He hit .083/.179/.083 in 10 games for the Padres this year. Since being traded from the Braves to the Mets in 2009, he has played for five different teams in five seasons (Mets and Rangers in 2010, Royals in 2011-13, Giants in 2013, Padres in 2014). He was also with the Indians this past spring before being released.

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