The Giants have agreed to terms with outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who is headed to Triple-A Fresno. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox on Tuesday morning.

Francoeur, 29, was hitting .208 with three homers and 13 RBIs when he was designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals late last month. Francoeur was a bit of a phenom when he was called up by the Atlanta Braves in 2005. His best season recently was 2011, when he hit .285/.329/.476 for the Royals with 20 homers and 22 stolen bases.

Francoeur is probably looked at as a potential right-handed hitting complement to Andres Torres and Gregor Blanco in left field. Francoeur has played almost exclusively right field in his career, but the Giants have had Hunter Pence there for all but nine innings this season. The big hole in the outfield is in left field, where Juan Perez and Cole Gillespie have been called upon as right-handed bats.

According to Rosenthal, the Royals will be responsible for nearly all of the rest of Francoeur's $6.75 million salary. The Giants will pay him only a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum.



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