Giants sign Jeff Francoeur to minor-league contract

Discarded outfielder Jeff Francoeur is reportedly on his way to the Giants. (USATSI)
Discarded outfielder Jeff Francoeur is reportedly on his way to the Giants. (USATSI)

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The sufficiently desperate Giants have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor-league contract. Francoeur was recently cut loose by the Royals. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the original reporting of FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Heyman adds that Francoeur will report to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday night.

This season, the 29-year-old Francoeur has struggled badly: .208/.249/.322 with three home runs and six unintentional walks in 193 plate appearances. Across parts of nine major-league seasons, Francoeur owns a career OPS+ of 92, which isn't adequate for a corner outfielder.

While the drain-circling Giants could use some outfield help, what with the injury to Angel Pagan and the struggles of Andres Torres, it's hard to see what Francouer does for them, especially at this stage of his career.

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