The Marlins don’t expect Jeff Francoeur to replace Giancarlo Stanton.
But in trading for the veteran outfielder on Wednesday, they’re hoping he’ll help pick up some of Stanton’s slack.
The Marlins acquired Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves in a three-team trade that also included the Texas Rangers. In return, the Marlins gave up two international signing slots and rookie-league catcher Matt Foley.
“Once the injury to [Stanton happened], we felt like we wanted to get a right-handed outfielder we felt would give us some offensive punch against left-handed pitching and maybe occasionally spell Ichiro [Suzuki],” said Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations.
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Francoeur, a 12-year major-league veteran, was hitting .249 with seven home runs this season for the Braves. He owns a career .261 average with 160 homers.
“We knew that without Giancarlo we were going to have to score runs a different way and we’ve been hot and cold so far,” Hill said. “But we felt like bringing Francoeur over would be a nice spark and hopefully get our offense going.”
The Marlins aren’t sure whether Stanton, who sustained a Grade 3 groin strain, will return this season. Francoeur gives the Marlins a true fourth outfielder — something they lacked in the aftermath of the injury to Stanton.
The Marlins have been using infielder Robert Andino in spot outfield duty.
“It gives us a true outfielder,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “This time of year, you don’t really want to be running and infielder out there.”
To get Francoeur, the Marlins gave up international signing slot Nos. 37 and 97 to Texas, with Foley going to Atlanta. The Rangers sent minor-league infielder Dylan Moore to Atlanta and will receive international signing slot No. 93 from the Braves.