2011 was Jeff Francoeur’s most recent productive season and the season after Alex Rodriguez’s last 30-homer campaign. Francoeur’s star has fallen steeply since then, compiling a .615 OPS in 887 plate appearances while struggling to stay in the majors. A-Rod, of course, battled injuries and missed all of 2014 due to a drug-related suspension.
It may be 2015 now, but both are still sort of relevant as Francoeur has a decent shot at making the Phillies’ 25-man roster and Rodriguez will attempt to be a productive member of the Yankees’ everyday lineup.
Both were involved in an interesting play on Friday afternoon as the Yankees were in Clearwater to take on the Phillies in a Grapefruit League match-up. With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning of a scoreless game, Chris Young hit a deep fly ball to Francoeur in right field. Rodriguez, on third, tagged up but was easily tagged out following a strong throw from Francoeur to catcher Cameron Rupp. Watch:
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Rodriguez, by the way, will make his spring debut at first base on Sunday against the Astros, per ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Twitter.