Former Padre Jeff Francoeur signs with Phillies


Jeff Francoeur, the 30 year old outfielder who played one season mostly in the minor leagues with the San Diego Padres, has been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies to a minor league contract. With the Padres, Francoeur’s sixth organization he batted 2 for 24 over 10 games with the Padres at the big league level, in the minors where he spent most of his time he batted with a .289/.320/.450 batting line with 15 home runs and 69 Runs Batted in at his time with Triple A San Antonio, he is now onto his seventh organization in the Phillies. 

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The Phillies have signed Francoeur as a free agent, he was let go after the season ended by the Padres. He was a first round draft pick  by the Atlanta Braves in 2002.

Jeff has played for 10 seasons in the big leagues and has a .262 overall average for his career with 140 home runs, he has had trouble with consistency as he has not played more than 100 games since the 2012 season with the Kansas City Royals. He is one of seven other players that the Phillies signed yesterday including Xavier Paul, and infielder Andres Blanco. He and the other seven players that the Phillies signed to minor league contracts have been invited to the Phillies Spring Training camp in February.

Although he didn’t play very many games for the Padres I have always thought of Jeff Francoeur as a top player in the Major leagues. He will certainly be missed in San Diego, and we here at Friars On Base wish him the best of luck in the future.