GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur.
The Indians signed the 30-year old to a minor league free-agent contract on January 6 and invited him to major league training camp.
Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI.
The Indians signed infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson to a minor league contract on Jan. 27. Johnson's versatility made him the better choice for the Indians according to general manager Chris Antonetti.
Francoeur played 59 games for Kansas City last season, hitting .208 with three home runs and 13 RBI. He was released by the Royals on July 5 and signed by the San Francisco Giants four days later. Francoeur hit .194 for the Giants in 22 games with no home runs and four RBI.