SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Jeff Francoeur may have the most likable personality in baseball, yet he makes so many fans in Kansas City so mad.
Perhaps the fact that he was, statistically speaking, the worst position player in the big leagues last year has something to do with it. And he's still with the Royals, who sent top prospect Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in an offseason trade that brought right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.
"I understand people who probably wonder why the hell we traded Wil Myers when I did what I did, and I understand that," Francoeur said.
Francoeur is coming off an awful season in which he hit .235, and only four players had a worse on-base percentage than his .287. After stroking 47 doubles and driving in 87 runs in 2011, those numbers dipped to 26 and 49 in 2012. After stealing 22 bases in 2011, Francoeur stole only four bases in 11 attempts last year.
Myers? He was the consensus minor league player of the year, combining to hit .314 with 3...