Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/12/12

It’s no secret that the Indians could be in the market for an outfielder, especially a right handed hitting one. According to a CBS Sports report, the Royals may be open to shopping Jeff Francoeur sooner than expected-

“Royals prospect Wil Myers’ ascension as a super prospect has put veteran right fielder Jeff Francoeur on the trading block. Many teams are holding off on making players available until July, which is typical. But Myers’ enormous performance in the minors — he has 22 home runs and 58 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A — means Francoeur can be traded without any claim or thought the Royals have thrown in the towel. Favorable publicity surely would accompany a Myers promotion. The Royals may have the best collection of young power prospects in the game, including fiirst baseman Eric Homer and third baseman Mike Moustakas.”

Francoeur is a 28 year old former gold glove winner hitting .268 with 5 home runs and 16 RBI. He has a .309 OBP and a .723 OPS.

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