The San Francisco Giants have reportedly signed Jeff Francoeur, who was released by the Royals on Sunday. (AP)
The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with Jeff Francoeur, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The Giants signed Francoeur after Angel Pagan recently underwent surgery on his left hamstring and faces a recovery time that could keep him out the rest of the season. Francoeur figures to spend most of his playing time in left field, as All-Star candidate Hunter Pence occupies right field.
Francoeur was released by the Royals July 5 after struggling to produce since the beginning of 2012. Francoeur's line is .208/.249/.322 in 59 games this year, with a meager three home runs and 13 RBI. His last productive year was 2011, when he hit .285 with 20 home runs.
The Giants will pick up Francoeur's contract, but Rosenthal states the financial burden remains largely on Kansas City:
The Royals will be responsible for nearly all of the remainder of his $6.75 million salary, with the Giants paying him only a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum.