The search for a right-handed-hitting outfielder ended for the Texas Rangers late Tuesday night, when they landed Jeff Francoeur in a trade with the New York Mets.
The Rangers also received cash considerations in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias, who was designated for assignment Aug. 24. Outfielder Brandon Boggs was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Francoeur, who is eligible for the postseason.
General manager Jon Daniels spent the past few days touching base with at least four clubs. The Francoeur lead became the strongest after the Rangers were turned away by clubs competing for wild-card berths.
The move gives manager Ron Washington the ability to start a lineup with eight right-handed hitters against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers went 3-8 in August against lefties and felt that other clubs would throw more lefties the rest of the season.
Francoeur, 26, will likely take all the left-handed at-bats away from the left-handed-hitting David Murphy and Julio Borbon. He is hitting .278 (27 for 97) against lefties this year and has a .296 career average against lefties.
“When looking at the composition of our 25-man roster, specifically our outfield, we are relatively left-handed,” assistant GM Thad Levine said. “It gives us an opportunity to pick our spots and platoon with guys like Murphy and Borbon rather than expose them to every left-handed pitcher.”
-- Jeff Wilson