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July 9, 2013

Former Royals outfielder Francoeur headed to Giants

Former Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur is headed to the San Francisco Giants on a minor-league deal. Plans call for him to report initially to the Giants’ Class AAA Fresno affiliate to get some playing time in left field.

Former Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur is headed to the San Francisco Giants on a minor-league deal. Plans call for him to report initially to the Giants’ Class AAA Fresno affiliate to get some playing time in left field.

Francoeur has played just two major-league games in left field throughout his nine-year career, but the Giants don’t want to move Hunter Pence out of right field.

Financial details aren’t yet known, but the Giants are likely to pay only a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum. If so, the Royals remain obligated for the remaining balance of Francoeur’s $6.75 million salary.

Francoeur, 29, became a free agent when released last Friday after clearing waivers. He was batting .208 with a .249 on-base percentage, three homers and 13 RBIs in 59 games.

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