Following a 50-game suspension for outfielder Melky Cabrera, the San Francisco Giants are in desperate need of a replacement outfielder as they continue a hunt for the NL West division title. Among the potential solutions is Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The 28-year-old received a two-year extension from the Royals in August 2011, but has seen his production drop off during the 2012 season. His batting average this season is .242, compared with .285 last season, and has recorded just 33 RBIs, well off his pace of last season's 87.
Aug. 31 is the trade deadline in the MLB, but trade activity in August is usually slim because the non-waiver deadline is July 31. However, as Rosenthal notes, Francoeur's $6.75M contract and lackluster production in 2012 mean he's likely to clear waivers.