Phillies invite Francoeur, seven others to spring training

Philadelphia, PA ( – The Philadelphia Phillies have
announced that they have signed eight players to minor league contracts with
invitations to spring training, including veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

Francoeur, 30, has played for the Atlanta Braves (2005-09), New York Mets
(2009-10), Texas Rangers (2010), Kansas City Royals (2011-13), San Francisco
Giants (2013) and Padres (2014). He won his only career Gold Glove in 2007
with Atlanta and has batted .262 with a .305 on-base percentage and 140 home
runs in 1,237 career games.

The Phillies also brought back infielders Andres Blanco and Russ Canzler, who
each spent time in the Phillies organization in 2014 with Triple-A Lehigh
Valley. In addition, they signed outfielder Brian Bogusevic, infielder Chase
d’Arnaud, catcher John Hester and outfielders Darin Mastorianni and Xavier
Paul, all of whom have major league experience.