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Indians sign veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur to minor-league contract

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 7, 2014

The Indians signed free-agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to major-league spring training camp, the team announced Monday evening.

Francoeur, who turns 30 Jan. 8th, has a career big league batting average of .263 (with 250 doubles, 25 triples, 140 home runs and 618 RBI in 1,227 games with Atlanta, New York Mets, Texas, Kansas City and San Francisco.

He has driven in at least 75 runs over four seasons (2006-07, 2009, 2011), owns a Rawlings Gold Glove (2007) and has the second-most assists (121) of any active major league outfielder. As recent as 2011 for Kansas City he hit .285/.329/.476/.805 with 47 doubles (2nd in AL), 20 home run & 87 RBI in 153 games.

Francoeur was his hometown Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2002 out of Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA and split the 2013 season between the Royals and Giants.

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