Royals designate outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment

Jeff Francoeur's time with the Royals has come to an end. (USATSI)
Jeff Francoeur's time with the Royals has come to an end. (USATSI)

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The Royals have designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment. Infielder Johnny Giavotella has been recalled from Triple-A to fill the roster spot.

Francoeur, 29, has been with the Royals since 2011. He has hit .209/.250/.324 (57 OPS+) with three home runs in 58 games this year, and .254/.301/.414 (95 OPS+) with 39 homers in 359 total games with Kansas City. He has also played for the Braves, Mets and Rangers.

The Royals signed Francoeur to a two-year, $13.5-million contract extension prior to last season. He will earn $7.5 million total this year -- Kansas City is still on the hook for that money unless another team claims him off waivers, which is unlikely -- and was due to become a free agent this winter.

The Giants are rumored to be seeking a right-handed hitting outfielder and could be one suitor for Francoeur. The offense-starved Yankees could be another. Despite hitting just .229/.278/.365 (75 OPS+) these last two years, Francoeur seems likely to find another big-league job in short order.

Giavotella, 25, was hitting .289/.376/.425 with seven homers in 77 Triple-A games this year. He is a career .242/.271/.340 (67 OPS+) in 99 big league games.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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