08/25 08:43 CDT Marlins get OF Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-team trade
Marlins get OF Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-team trade
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) --- The Miami Marlins acquired Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta
Braves in a three-team trade Wednesday night, hoping the well-traveled
outfielder can provide a boost toward a playoff spot.
Francoeur was the only major leaguer included in the deal that also involved
Texas. Any big league player traded after Aug. 1 had to first be put on waivers.
As part of the trade, the Braves will send Marlins $104,959 to help offset
Francoeur hugged his Atlanta teammates and coaches goodbye in the visiting
dugout early in Wednesday's game at Arizona.
"It's hard. He's a great kid. He's one of the finest human beings I've ever
been around," Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. "We'll miss him. He's
going to play meaningful games, good for him."
Atlanta got minor league shortstop Dylan Moore from Texas and catcher Matt
Foley from Miami and the Rangers obtained two international signing slots from
Miami and one from Texas.
Miami is contending for an NL wild-card spot and isn't sure whether star
outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will return this season from a severe groin strain.
Francoeur hit .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Braves.
The 32-year-old plays both left field and right field and is known for a strong
The Marlins will be Francoeur's eighth team in the majors. Besides Atlanta, he
has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets, San Francisco, Philadelphia,
Texas and San Diego.
"He's been great for our young kids and has been great on the field as well,"
said Braves assistant general manager Billy Ryan. "Unfortunately, the
circumstances of where we are as an organization, the Marlins are in
contention, they're going for it, so it was an opportunity for him to get some
meaningful at-bats and hopefully get in the postseason."
AP freelancer Jose M. Romero contributed to this report from Phoenix.