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Francoeur A Free Agent After Short Time With Texas

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Jeff Francouer

Jeff Francouer

ARLINGTON (AP) – Jeff Francoeur has become a free agent after refusing a minor league assignment from the Texas Rangers and clearing waivers.

Francoeur hit .340 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games for the American League champions after being acquired from the New York Mets for infielder Joaquin Arias on Aug. 31. He was 3 for 24 in nine postseason games.

The first-round pick of Atlanta in 2002, Francoeur is a .268 career hitter in 845 games for the Braves (2005-09), Mets (2009-10) and Rangers (2010).

The move Wednesday leaves the Rangers with 33 players on their 40-man roster.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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