Jeff Francoeur made a relief appearance for the El Paso Chihuahuas


This, shockingly enough, is not a prank. With the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres affiliate) getting blown out by the Las Vegas 51’s (Mets affiliate), outfielder Jeff Francoeur took the mound for some mop-up duty. Francoeur had never pitched in his professional career dating back to 2002.

Francoeur retired Allan Dykstra on a fly ball to center, and Zach Lutz and Juan Centeno on ground outs to second base for a 1-2-3 inning. Not bad.

On the offensive side of things, Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a single against the 51’s. He entered the afternoon slashing .207/.217/.362 in 60 trips to the plate at Triple-A.

Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

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The Royals signed free agent reliever Justin Grimm to a one-year, $12.5 million deal, the club announced Sunday. Grimm can earn up to $300,000 in additional incentives, the specifics of which have yet to be disclosed.

The 29-year-old right-hander was released by the Cubs on Thursday. Prior to his release, he was slated to make $2.2 million after losing his arbitration case against the team. Grimm polished off a five-year campaign with the Cubs in 2017 and produced an unimpressive 5.53 ERA, 4.4 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 over 55 1/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-hander Sam Gaviglio was designated for assignment. He pitched in five games for the Royals this spring, racking up 13 hits, eight runs and seven strikeouts in seven innings.