OF Jeff Francoeur becomes free agent

Updated: November 10, 2010, 4:00 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur officially became a free agent after he was outrighted off the Texas Rangers' 40-man roster, cleared waivers and declined his outright assignment.

The Rangers acquired the 26-year-old Francoeur on Aug. 31 from the New York Mets for infielder Joaquin Arias. He batted .340 (18-for-53) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games for the Rangers after the trade, playing primarly against left-handed pitching. He was 3-for-24 in the postseason.

Francoeur could still wind up returning to the Rangers, who have plenty of outfield depth at this point. He was a good fit in the Rangers' clubhouse, as he was well-liked by everyone in the organization. He had a great attitude the entire stretch run and helped keep the clubhouse loose during some stressful moments.

Francoeur, who showed he could hit left-handed pitching, hit just .237 in 401 at-bats for the Mets after coming over in a trade from Atlanta in 2009.

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Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.