Per the press release:
KANSAS CITY, MO (August 18, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a two-year contract extension through 2013. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old Francoeur is hitting .277 this season for the Royals, his first with the club. He has recorded 35 doubles, fifth-most in baseball, with three triples, 15 home runs, 66 RBI, 60 runs and a career-high 19 stolen bases. In addition, the 2007 Rawlings Gold Glove winner is third in the Majors with 12 outfield assists and leads all of baseball with 93 assists since the 2005 season.
Gut reaction: We figured he’d be back for 2012, but the two year deal is a bit of an overreach. Lorenzo Cain is ready and the Royals are going to bring back Melky Cabrera for at least another year… It’s all part of the 25 man roster puzzle the Royals have difficulty assembling.
I don’t hate The Frenchman like some – he is what he is – but this seems like a classic Royals overplay. We’ll need to see the terms before we can render any kind of a verdict.
Besides, if the Royals were thinking of extending anyone, it needed to be Alex Gordon, who is having a much better year than Francoeur. A1 needs to be taken care of now… If the Royals miss this chance, it will be a huge mistake.
I guess Dayton just can’t quit Frenchy.
UPDATE: Dutton reports it’s for a total of $13.5 million. To. Much. Money.