Giants Sign Veteran Outfielder Jeff Francoeur

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Outfielder Jeff Francoeur #21 ( Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur #21 ( Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports/AP) – Veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Francoeur was recently cut loose by the Kansas City Royals.

This season, Francoeur has struggled badly: .208/.249/.322 with three home runs and six unintentional walks in 193 plate appearances. Across parts of nine major-league seasons, Francoeur owns a career OPS+ of 92, which many observers contend isn’t adequate for a corner outfielder.

While the troubled Giants could use some outfield help given the injury to Angel Pagan and the struggles of Andres Torres, some analysts said it’s hard to see what Francouer does for them, especially at this stage of his career.

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