Indians Sign Jeff Francoeur

WEDNESDAY, 8:46pm: Francoeur gets $1MM if he makes the team with a chance to make $500K more based on plate appearances, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

MONDAY, 6:20pm: The Indians have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league deal, the team announced in a press release.  Francoeur will receive an invitation to the Tribe's Major League Spring Training camp.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that the two sides were close to an agreement.  Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, is represented by CSE. 

Francoeur hit a combined .204/.238/.298 in 256 PA with the Royals and Giants last season, continuing a two-year slide in production for the veteran outfielder.  The right-handed hitting Francoeur has had trouble consistently reaching base and hitting right-handed pitching throughout his career, but he has struggled against both righties and lefties over the last two seasons.  If Francoeur could at least regain his form against southpaws, he could provide bench balance to a Cleveland outfield that includes left-handed bats such as Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley and David Murphy.


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42 Comments on "Indians Sign Jeff Francoeur"


Nick Costanza
1 year 7 months ago

Signing Jeff Francoeur these days is never a good thing, regardless of the price.

Defiancy
1 year 7 months ago

Frenchy! You’re a really good/nice dude and you deserve better but you are just not good at professional baseball.

bjsguess
1 year 7 months ago

I’d probably call it an 8 year slide with one blip in 2011.

SanFranPanda
1 year 7 months ago

Great signing, I predict: .330, 29, 126 ………… for Mike Trout.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 7 months ago

cool story bro

sourbob
1 year 7 months ago

I can’t help but think this would be a better idea if Francoeur were good at baseball.

omavricko
1 year 7 months ago

Jeff Francouer to baseball is what Tim Tebow is to NFL

1948Indians
1 year 7 months ago

This is so spot on it hurts.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 7 months ago

Not even close. Tim Tebow is a media darling. He’s all over ESPN, he’s been on the cover of GQ Magazine, Not to mention he’s a Christian and thus has a huge fan base. When the Mets acquired Francouer it had nearly any of the buzz the Jets had when acquiring Tebow. It dominated sports pages for months. Francouer is a blip on the screen to Tebows mass popularity.

Ted
1 year 7 months ago

By the time he joined the Mets that may be true, but the world does exist outside of New York :). He was indeed a media darling when he debuted with Atlanta, and was the talk of the town for at least a year. Remember his SI cover story “The Natural”?

letsgogiants
1 year 7 months ago

I’m hoping he can make the Indians opening day roster not only because he’s a great guy, but because he can then celebrate Bacon Tuesday on April 1st with the rf bleacher fans in Oakland.

burnboll
1 year 7 months ago

Speaking of Frenchie, where is the globetrotter of all trades Lars Anderson? What team will sign the prodigal son? My bet is on a west coast team. Lars seems a bit thin on west coast experience.

dishnet34
1 year 7 months ago

Championship.

Nathan Boley
1 year 7 months ago

If Jeff Francoeur makes it to your major league roster, you’re going to have a bad time.

Comfy_Wastelander
1 year 7 months ago

Any predictions for Frenchy’s Indian WAR?

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 7 months ago

.4

Tribe82
1 year 7 months ago

0. Dude will be in the minors all season…won’t sniff our MLB roster.

soxfan123123
1 year 7 months ago

Seems like “Frenchy” has been around forever. He is 30, I would have guessed 34 or 35. Maybe that’s just me haha

Tim Bliss
1 year 7 months ago

That’s because he only 20 or 21 when he made his debut back in 2005.

Tim Bliss
1 year 7 months ago

I’m glad Frenchy got a job,. He can still hit LHP and he’s still a great fielder.

Comfy_Wastelander
1 year 7 months ago

Well, the arm is still strong, but he moves like a man twice his age out there.

Nathan Boley
1 year 7 months ago

He can’t hit LHP anymore.

Comfy_Wastelander
1 year 7 months ago

Also that. He’s a one dimensional player. Maybe a half dimension.

Trent Golden
1 year 7 months ago

Insider info says he had Lasik done on his eyes, that vision was an issue these past years….if this is true, its a little intriguing….nobody can deny he’s been stinking it up as of late

Mike1L
1 year 7 months ago

Maybe the Indians go after Yuni Betancourt as well? Great 3/4 in the lineup.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 7 months ago

Not sure if sarcasm but Betancourt is not a great 3/4 in the lineup. .212/.240/.595

Mike1L
1 year 7 months ago

A bit of misplaced sarcasm.

PhillyYank
1 year 7 months ago

So sad. Ten years ago this guy was the prize of Atlanta’s system and the heir to Dale Murphy’s legacy.

Nick Centanni
1 year 7 months ago

Frenchy is a great guy glad he got a contract .. i think hell be an impact for the Indians in 14

burnboll
1 year 7 months ago

… a negative impact, that is.

Tribe82
1 year 7 months ago

It’s a minor league deal…he won’t be needed on our MLB roster unless there’s an injury.

Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 7 months ago

Sadly, this is the Indians third biggest acquisition thus far.

Tigers72
1 year 7 months ago

Last time the Indians took a guy a AL central team had who was hated he did pretty good. He wasRaburn.

Nathan Boley
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t think Raburn was ever as bad as Francoeur is nowadays.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Now I’m also reading they are interested in Bobby Abreu

John Eschen
1 year 7 months ago

i like francoeur he isn’t a horrible player and remember he has a cannon for an arm. glad to see the tribe give him a chance!