August 5, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Jeff Francoeur (23) hits a RBI-single to score right fielder Hunter Pence (8, not pictured) against Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20, left) during the eighth inning at AT

MLB Rumors: Cleveland Indians expected to sign Jeff Francoeur

The Cleveland Indians are in need of some depth, which is why they’re expected to sign outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league deal – this according to Jerry Crasnick:

Jeff Francoeur is close to agreement on a minor league deal with the #indians, source says.

Francoeur most recently played for the San Francisco Giants, though struggled mightily and was released.

That said – woeful with the stick or not, Francoeur is a very serviceable defender in the outfielder and even at a declining at, still has one of the best cannon arms in baseball.

The deal is not guaranteed so there’s little to lose for the Indians, outside of a Spring Training roster invite.

It’s not known how solid of a shot Francoeur will have to make the Indians’ final roster once the Spring concludes, though it is believed the deal was made with hopeful intentions that Francoeur would become a bench player for the Tribe moving forward.

He will also provide some insurance against left handed pitching as he’s a career .285 hitter against southpaws.

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