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Jeff Francoeur has rolling opt-out, could draw interest from teams

The 30-year old could be headed to Toronto, according to sources.


In addition to trade candidates Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Will Venable, another outfielder in the Padres' organization may be on the move soon. According to two major league sources, Jeff Francoeur, who is currently at Triple-A El Paso, has a rolling opt-out in his minor league deal and can leave for a major league offer at any time.

One source believes that Francoeur could leave El Paso veryy soon for a major league opportunity, and mentions the Blue Jays as a potential destination. Toronto, who has been relying on Darin Mastroianni and Brad Glenn for outfield depth behind their starting trio of Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera, could definitely be in the market for a fourth-outfielder type, and Francoeur seems to fit that mold at this stage in his career.

In 83 games for El Paso this season, Francoeur is hitting .297 with 15 HR and 52 RBI. There does not seem to be room in a crowded Padres' outfield for him, so the most likely scenario for him would appear to be a major league opportunity with another team.

Francoeur last appeared in the majors with the Giants last season, hitting .194 in 22 games after being released by the Royals. He is a lifetime .263 hitter with 140 HR and 618 RBI in nine major league seasons with the Braves (2005-2009), Mets (2009-2010), Rangers (2010), Royals (2011-2013) and Giants (2013).