Royals sign Francoeur

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with outfielder Jeff Francoeur. The pact is believed to be worth $2.5 million and also includes a mutual option for 2012,

Francoeur split last season with the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, who acquired him just prior to the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline this past season from the New York Mets, and the 26-year-old outfielder hit .340 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 15 regular season games with the club.

He appeared in nine games for the American League champions in the playoffs and only went 3-for-24 at the plate while knocking in just one run.

In all he hit .249 last season with 13 home runs and 65 RBI in 139 games.

A first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2002, Francoeur will be joining his fourth team in less than two years. He is a career .268 hitter with 101 home runs and 465 RBI, striking out 603 times as opposed to 168 walks in 845 contests.

Defensively, Francoeur is a former Gold Glove winner and his 81 career outfield assists since the beginning of the 2005 season lead all Major League outfielders, 17 more than second-place Alfonso Soriano.


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