The Kansas City Royals are playing solid baseball and winning games, bringing them closer to the division leading Detroit Tigers. The team is hitting well and is about to get a punch in the arm from rehabbing speedster Jarrod Dyson when he returns from his minor league rehab assignment.
That leaves the Royals with a roster choice to make at the big league level and the choice may be simple: it’s time to release Jeff Francoeur.
Francoeur, known as “Frenchy” to many fans, has been a very likable and fan-friendly player in Kansas City. The team has capitalized on his popularity with ticket specials, the “Frenchy Quarter” section in the ballpark, and many items bearing his name in the gift shops. His popularity, however, has not transferred to solid play on the field.
He has been used sparingly in the month of June, yielding playing time to David Lough in right field. Meanwhile, Lough has played well enough to deserve his spot on the big league roster, showing flashes of power and speed that may make him a solid option off the bench as the Royals enter a playoff run that has been a long time coming.
Dyson has not been a massive success during his rehab in Omaha, posting a paltry batting average just over .200. He has, however, been getting on base, showing patience at the plate, and doing what he does best: running. His place on the major league roster has always been speed off the bench, solid defense, and an occasional start. A platoon situation in right field that features Lough sharing time with Dyson would be a huge upgrade from what Francoeur has provided the last few seasons.
The Royals are primed to make a run at a playoff spot this year. To do so, they will need the best 25 men they can find to put on the field on an everyday basis.
When Dyson is activated, it will be time to say goodbye to Jeff Francoeur.
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