The Braves are bringing back another one of the kids from the heralded 2005 team that won a division title. They have signed free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.
Francoeur will compete for a reserve role in the outfield with Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. If he does not make it on Atlanta’s roster and cannot find another big league job, expect Francoeur to be in Gwinnett’s opening day lineup.
Francoeur came up with the Braves in 2005 and hit .300 with 14 home runs in 257 at bats. Then in 2006 Francoeur hit 29 home runs and knocked in 103. His power dipped the next season and his average went back up to .293 but he had 105 runs batted in.
Then in 2008 Francoeur struggled with a .239 batting average and a .294 on base percentage. He was traded in the middle of the 2009 season to the Mets after he hit just .250 with the Braves.
Francoeur has bounced around from the Mets, Rangers, Royals, Giants, Padres and last season was with the Phillies. He hit .258 with Philadelphia and had 13 home runs with 45 RBI.
Francoeur is now 32 years old. In his career, Francoeur has 1295 hits, 153 home runs and 664 runs batted in.
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