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Jeff Francoeur signs with the San Diego Padres

It very well might be that Yuniesky Betancourt handed the baton to Jeff Francoeur for “player inexplicably on a Major League roster” on his way to continue his career in Japan.

Released by the Cleveland Indians three days ago, Francoeur has agreed to a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres. Corey Brock reported the deal.

Francoeur split his time in 2013 between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. In 81 games he batted .204/.238/.298. According to Baseball Reference he was a -1.4 WAR player between those two stints. In 2012 he played 148 games for the Royals and was a -2.3 WAR player.

Two years in a row, the man called “Frenchy” has made Major League teams worse. And yet the free-swinging and strong-armed veteran outfielder has found work once again. This has a definite Yuniesky feel to it.

To be fair to Francoeur, he probably does still bring some pop from the right side of the plate on the rare occasions that he puts bat to ball. He also brings a veteran presence that teams like to add to their locker rooms and will have to earn his shot from minor league camp.

I wonder who we’ll make fun of for signing Francoeur next year.

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