Is Francoeur’s Career Over?
- Updated: August 20, 2013
The San Francisco Giants have cut outfielder Jeff Francoeur. The fancy term that they use in major league baseball is “designated for assignment.”
Designated for assignment sounds like an important military term, but in major league baseball it means that you are no longer wanted. It always means that they don’t know what they want to do with you.
This is the second time this season that Francoeur has been handed a pink slip. He was “designated for assignment” by the Kansas City Royals earlier in the season, before the Giants decided to take a chance on the former Sports Illustrated cover boy.
So the question has to be posed, is Jeff Francoeur’s career over?
Francoeur has hit a paltry .204 this season with an even worse .238 on-base percentage and horrible .298 slugging percentage. Those are numbers you normally get from a slick fielding, defensive replacement. Not a guy who is supposed to be a power-hitting outfielder.
Francoeur has built up a lot of equity while he has been in the league. Great guy to have in the clubhouse and always available to the press. But at 29 years of age it appears it may be time for the former Parkview High School (Georgia) phenom to hang it up.