Indians sign OF Jeff Francoeur to minor-league deal

This spring, Jeff Francoeur will be fighting for a spot on the Indians’ roster. (USATSI)
This spring, Jeff Francoeur will be fighting for a spot on the Indians’ roster. (USATSI)

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On Monday, the Indians announced that they signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor-league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. 

Francoeur, age 29, batted .204/.238/.298 in 256 plate appearances for the Royals and Giants last season. For his career, he owns a slash line of .263/.306/.419 (91 OPS+) across parts of nine major-league seasons. 

Francoeur last enjoyed a productive season in 2011. However, for his career he owns an OPS of .800 against lefties, so he still might have some limited value in platoon-advantaged situations. 

It should be noted that Francoeur is also capable of inspired moments such as this one:

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