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Indians release OF Jeff Francoeur

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

The Indians signed the 30-year old to a minor league free-agent contract on January 6 and invited him to major league training camp.

Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI.

The Indians signed infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson to a minor league contract on January 27. Johnson's versatility made him the better choice for the Indians according to general manager Chris Antonetti.

"Jeff had a really good camp. For us it's the decisions for how we put all the pieces together and not individually who is the best player," Antonetti said. "Elliot had a great camp. His versatility helps us expand our bench. He gives us a lot of different options. He and Mike Aviles really complement the guys that we have."

Francoeur played 59 games for Kansas City last season, hitting .208 with three home runs and 13 RBI. He was released by the Royals on July 5 and signed by the San Francisco Giants four days later. Francoeur hit .194 for the Giants in 22 games with no home runs and four RBI.

The Indians want to help Francoeur find another job in the major leagues, which led to the timing of the decision.

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