Royals give Francoeur two-year extension

The Kansas City Royals have signed year contract extension.

In 120 games this season for the Royals, Francoeur is hitting .277 with 15 homers and 66 RBI.

Francoeur split the 2010 campaign with the New York Mets and Texas, which acquired him just prior to the August 31 waiver trade deadline last year. The 27-year-old hit .340 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 15 regular season games with the Rangers.

He appeared in nine games for the American League champions in the playoffs and went only 3-for-24 at the plate while knocking in just one run.

A first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2002, Francoeur is a career .269 hitter with 116 home runs and 531 RBI, striking out 697 times as opposed to 202 walks in 965 contests with the Braves, Mets, Rangers and Royals.

Defensively, Francoeur is a former Gold Glove winner who leads all of baseball with 93 outfield assists since the 2005 season.