The Atlanta Braves' opening day roster continues to take shape and another decision looms on Tuesday. Atlanta must let outfielder Jeff Francoeur know by 12 p.m. Tuesday whether or not he will be on the team's 25-man roster.
#Braves must tell Francoeur by noon Tuesday whether he'll be on 25-man roster, as a free agent w/ 6 yrs service on minor league contract— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) March 29, 2016
Francoeur's chances improved on Monday with the release of Nick Swisher. However, he is still competing with Emilio Bonifacio for what is likely the final spot on the team's roster.
For what it is worth, Francoeur has already let the team know that he isn't interested in taking the $100,000 retention bonus and going to the minor leagues. If he doesn't make it with the Braves, then he plans to sign with another Major League team.
Francoeur already said won't take $100K retention bonus & go to minors; he'll make #Braves or sign w/ another MLB team. I think he makes it— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) March 29, 2016
Francoeur has performed well this spring and could be valuable as a right handed option off the bench. He has hit .326 this spring with a homer and three RBIs. He has also spent some time at all three outfield spots. Francoeur is a career .261 hitter with 153 home runs.