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 ...