Padres Sign Jeff Francoeur

The Padres have signed Jeff Francoeur to a minor-league deal,'s Corey Brock tweets. The Indians released Francoeur on Saturday. The outfielder is represented by CSE.

Francoeur, 30, hit .204/.238/.298 in 256 plate appearances with the Royals and Giants in 2013. He has hit .263/.306/.419 in his nine-year big-league career, but has struggled both offensively and defensively in each of the past two seasons.

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  1. Jeffy25 1 year ago

    He’s not good.

    But he’s very quotable.

    “If Obp was important, wouldn’t it be on the scoreboard”

    In an interview, where directly behind him in camera shot, is the scoreboard, showing obp

  2. connfyoozed . 1 year ago

    …OK, I give up. Why???

    • blahdu 1 year ago

      AAA Depth. With Maybin down for now, Norf still not @ 100%… If anyone else goes out (Looking at you here, Carlos) we could need a warm body on the bench with smith, venable and one of Nady, Medica, Blanks or (shudder) Amarista taking on an every day role. God help us if we actually have to call him up though.

      • MLB Hall of Misery 1 year ago

        That’s what Alex Dickerson, Alex Castellanos, Reymond Fuentes, and Kyle Blanks are for.

        • blahdu 1 year ago

          Dickerson is injured, Castellanos and Fuentes need some more seasoning, and the 88 train I’m all in on. And guess what? CQ is gonna be out for at least a month, but at least ‘Norf was ready to play last night, making a highlight catch and driving in the winning runs after Smith endeared himself to all of the friar faithful by hitting that towering shot to right after the entire team looked absolutely baffled by Ryu for 7 innings. Another positive: Medica performed just fine in left, or at least looked passable. Hopefully he continues to force his way into the lineup bc of his bat that glove in left doesn’t keep him out of too many– now that CQ is gone for most of April we need someone like Medica to step up.

  3. Blue387 1 year ago

    Frenchy must have one heck of a uniform collection.

  4. jordan4giants 1 year ago

    I would have rather tied my hand at signing a good cricket player to find out if his talents can be converted. At least that way you have a shot at a positive.

  5. jhawk1000 1 year ago

    Frenchy’s struggles started after he started playing golf with Smoltz and crew at spring training one year. That season he came in with a little different swing plane and appeared to be throwing more top-hand at the ball. Like he was trying to close the club face at impact. He hasn’t been the same since that ST, up to that point though he was a different player. Coincidence on the timing of his fall or maybe I’m right. Look at old film of his first year and last year in ATL and see for yourself.

    • TimotheusATL 1 year ago

      Terry Pendleton had him tweaking his swing almost constantly. It’s part of the reason he’s no longer the hitting coach.

  6. Spit Ball 1 year ago

    Heck of an athlete, just never materialized as a baseball player. Should have gone to Clemson and played Defensive Back. He could have been an NFL prospect at Safety, Linebacker or Cornerback. That being said he has made 25 million playing baseball. He wins I guess.

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  8. Brian Baker 1 year ago

    Frenchy should have walked away from baseball while still in his late 20’s. Could have gone back to Clemson and played football. DB version of Chris Weinke.

  9. inkstainedscribe 1 year ago

    If he gets called up, just wait to see that slashline in the unfriendly confines of Petco.

  10. MLB Hall of Misery 1 year ago

    Now that the Padres have Nady and Francoeur rostered and it just makes me honestly wonder if they are monitoring my nightmares and playing an elaborate practical joke on me.

    • Pads Fans 1 year ago

      Frenchy isnt on the 40 man. He signed a minor league deal. He is simply farm system filler at this point.

  11. kidkongs 1 year ago

    One of the nicest guys in baseball. Classy as they come. All the best Frenchy.

    • Bangoor 1 year ago

      He’s a malcontent though. He whined about being sent to the minors (he hit 239/294/359 that year), he and his agent whined about losing his starting job (he hit 237/293/369 that year) and of course the petulant OBP quote referenced above will live forever. Maybe he’s classy – I don’t know the guy at all – but all the evidence points the other way.

      • blahdu 1 year ago

        Well, he signed this minor league deal knowing that unless the wheels totally fall off in SD he’ll be playing in the friendly confines of el paso for the year. If he ever was a whiner, he doesn’t appear to be now. That’s what matters to me, anyway.

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